The Creative Motivation Behind Deep vs. Shallow Depth of Field

first_imgThis breakdown covers a range of creative motivations behind these two aperture settings, as well as the pros and cons of using each category.Determining the right aperture for a shot is just as important as choosing the right lens. Altering your aperture changes not only the depth of field (a.k.a. the blurry background), but it also controls the emotional tone of a shot. A higher F-stop is more fitting for wide vistas, while a lower one can create a feeling of isolation.In the following breakdown, I’ve narrowed the examples into two separate categories — shallow depth of field (F0.95 – F3.5) and deep depth of field (F4 – F16). Shallow Shots (F0.95 – F3.5)Let’s begin with a shallow depth of field (also known as a narrow depth of field). This low aperture control creates the feeling of isolation between the subject you’re capturing and the world around them because the background is blurrier. The lower the number, the more your primary subject stands out from their surroundings. Using a shallow depth of field enhances the visual style, and it creates a beautiful backdrop.Cons?Despite its dreamy quality, dialing your aperture any higher than an F2.8 creates the ongoing problem of keeping things in focus. Nailing that crisp shot can become tricky since the range of attention is so narrow.Getting Dynamic with Deep Shots (F4 – F16)I’ll openly admit that I’m a sucker for shallow depth of field shots. They’re creamy, dreamy, and, well . . . just super cinematic. That being said, there are some significant perks to filming with a higher aperture setting. First off, everything is in focus. You won’t struggle to get that razor-sharp image at an F16, because there’s no depth. This is helpful if you’re using manual focus, or shooting in nature and trying to capture a massive landscape with all its beautiful details.Cons?The most obvious con for deep depth is that there’s no depth. There’s nothing to separate your subject from the background. This can make character-driven shots look ugly, due to the distraction of the background. Another pitfall comes from your dirty sensor. That’s right! Capturing anything with an F-stop higher than an F4 brings out all the nasty specs on your sensor. Since there’s no depth of field, any piece of dust resting on your sensor or lens becomes much more present in the final frame.Interested in the tracks we used to create this video?“Blue Blood” by Aulx Studio“Success Story” by Vincent ToneLooking for more on cinematography? Check these out.Choosing Aspect Ratio: A Guide to Everything You Need to KnowWhy Filmmakers and Photographers Prefer to Use Soft LightCapturing the Cinematic Moment: Creative Uses for a Color MeterWhere to Find Vintage Lenses (and Tips on How to Use Them)4 Older Cinema Cameras That Hold Up to Today’s Standardslast_img read more

HC rejects Lalu Prasad’s bail petition once again

first_imgThe Jharkhand High Court on Friday rejected for the second time in two months the bail plea of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad in the fodder scam cases. Hearing Mr. Prasad’s interim bail plea on medical grounds, Justice Apresh Kumar Singh sought his medical reports from the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, where he is currently admitted.After being convicted in as many as four fodder scam cases, the RJD chief is lodged in Birsa Munda jail of Ranchi since December 23, 2017. The court later fixed May 4 as the next date for hearing his bail petition.last_img

Estranged partners target each other

first_imgA day after parting ways, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the BJP raised their pitch to safeguard their core constituencies with an eye on the election.PDP MLC Mohammad Khurshid Alam likened the BJP’s pull-out to the August 9, 1953 toppling of the popular government headed by Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah.“History is repeating itself in the State and the last time a similar incident was witnessed on August 9, 1953 when a people’s government was toppled by New Delhi. Let those who are holding confabulations against the special status of the State become aware that the PDP isn’t going to succumb to any pressure and it will keep fighting for people, their dignity and honour with strong will and courage,” Mr. Alam said.He said the reasons that the BJP gave for pulling out “are worth to hail and the party feels proud of such reasons”. “The reasons are demands made by Mehbooba Mufti for talks with Pakistan and separatists, withdrawal of the cases against the stone throwers, implementation of the ceasefire on ground and measures to be taken for successful dialogue and reconciliation,” he said.The BJP celebrated the end of the PDP-BJP rule. “There will be a renewed focus to deal with terrorists and maintain law and order in Kashmir. There will be no cease but fire now onwards, very intense fire. The Amarnath yatra will be held will necessary arrangements,” said jubilant BJP state president Ravinder Raina in Jammu.He said the BJP was worried about the “shaky security scenario”.last_img read more

Azkals suffer ‘embarrassing’ defeat to China

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netGUANGZHOU – Facing China was expected to be a tough proposition for the Philippines Azkals.But losing 1-8 in an international friendly here was – as one player had described – simply “embarrassing.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games The Chinese flaunted their depth and quality in the second half to deal the Azkals their worst beating in 15 years at Tianhe Stadium here.Not since the 2002 Asean Championships when a Philippine team suffered a 1-13 drubbing at hands of Indonesia have the Azkals lost by this big of a margin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Azkals conceded twice in the first 25 minutes, before Misagh Bahadoran got on the scoresheet in the 33rd minute much to the delight of a small group of Filipino fans inside the stadium right at the heart of the city’s business district.But the hosts scored six unanswered goals from there as the Azkals spent the last 20 minutes with only 10 men on the pitch with Bahadoran had limping off and coach Thomas Dooley running out of substitutions. The scoreline would have been worst had Patrick Deyto not stopped a penalty midway in the second half.While the match was considered a friendly, it was difficult not to look into the result with an AFC Asian Cup Qualifying clash against Tajikistan in Dushanbe coming up on Tuesday.Rest and recovery will be key as they travel to the Central Asian country on Friday.But this heavy defeat was a difficult pill to swallow and players were heard getting into a heated discussion after the match inside the dugout. One player was heard saying that the performance was simply “embarrassing.”Make no mistake about it, there was a huge gulf in quality especially in the second half when the Chinese, the highest-ranked team the Azkals have faced in years, ran riot against an inexperienced backline of newcomer Camelo Tacusalme, Luke Woodland, Christiaens and Kenshiro Daniels.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP The Azkals’ attack in the first half showed marked improvement from previous matches with Manny and Mike Ott linking up well, while Phil Younghusband pulled the strings at midfield.Bahadoran looked dangerous with his runs and Iain Ramsay’s pace gave the Azkals a threat on the wings.But the more the Azkals pushed forward, the gaps in their defense were exposed and against a sharp and quality team like China, they were punished severely.Bahadoran wasn’t the only player with injury concerns as Jeffrey Christiaens also had to seek treatment after the match for a knee injury.Daisuke Sato and James Younghusband were also substituted in the first half due to separate injuries. Dooley remains hopeful the Azkals can shrug off the mishap and come out better against Tajikistan. He has six days to right the ship.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES UE coach Pumaren reveals bad bump breaks right leg Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Narsingh questions Sushils appointment as national observer

first_imgBy Chandraboli Mitra New Delhi, Jun 28 (PTI) Suspended wrestler Narsingh Yadav has objected to Sushil Kumars appointment as a national observer, raising conflict of interest allegations in a letter to the Sports Ministry. Narsingh, last week shot off a letter to the Sports Ministry, raising question on how Sushil could become a national observer, when he is involved with the grooming of wrestlers at the Chhatrasal Stadiums akhada which is run by his father-in-law Satpal. “Narsingh has written a letter to the Sports Ministry, raising objection on Sushil being a national observer. According to Narsingh, Sushil would favour his students from Chhatrasal as a national observer,” a top Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) official in know of things told PTI. “Narsingh has claimed that being a national observer while training kids in his akhada is conflict of interest.” Sushil, Indias one double Olympic medallist, is among 14 Olympians appointed by the Sports Minister as national observers for their respective disciplines earlier this year. Narsingh also questioned how Sushil has been appointed observer despite allegations of sabotage levelled against him before Rio Olympics. Narsingh has been suspended on charges doping for four years. “Narsingh has also apparently written about his doubts over Sushils alleged sabotage attempt in spiking Narsinghs food and drinks before the Olympics and the resultant four- year suspension on him from wrestling,” the official claimed. When Sushil asked about Narsinghs letter, the 34-year- old said: “That is up to him to write to anyone he feels like, raising whatever objection. I have no hard feelings for anyone or about anything. “Moreover I do not understand how it is conflict of interest. I am just a national observer, whose job is to monitor the sport of wrestling and giving feedbacks to build a good squad for future Olympics,” Sushil said. Last year, in the run up to the Rio Olympics, Narsingh and Sushil were involved in a bitter court battle, which was followed by a dope scandal that resulted in the eventual suspension of the former. It all started with a tussle for an Olympic berth in the mens 74kg freestyle category after the WFI reneged on its promise of holding a trial to decide who among Sushil and Narsingh would represent India in the Rio Games. In the process, Sushil felt short-changed and even took the legal recourse but could not get a showdown with Narsingh as had been promised to him by the federation after an injury prevented him from competing in the Olympic qualifiers. Narsingh was picked by the WFI on the basis of him bagging the 74kg Olympic quota berth with a World Championships bronze, while Sushils demands for a trial were rejected by both Federation as well as the Delhi High Court after a lengthy legal battle. However, Narsinghs triumph was short-lived as he failed a dope test conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) barely 10 days before the start of the Rio Games. Although NADA later gave him the clean chit, a subsequent hearing by the World body (WADA) barred Narsingh from participating in the Olympics and also handed him a suspension. PTI CM KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

James shrugs off Ronaldo comments

first_imgReal Madrid James Rodriguez shrugs off Ronaldo comments and Real Madrid return talk Chris Burton 05:49 12/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Cristiano Ronaldo James Rodriguez Real Madrid Getty Real Madrid Bayern München Bundesliga Primera División Cristiano Ronaldo The Colombia international is refusing to read too much into the Portuguese forward billing him a big miss amid the struggles at Santiago Bernabeu James Rodriguez believes too much has been made of comments from Cristiano Ronaldo suggesting that he is missed at Real Madrid.The Portuguese forward recently claimed that the reigning La Liga champions have paid the price for parting with senior stars such as James, Alvaro Morata and Pepe.Zinedine Zidane’s side have endured a tough start to their 2017-18 campaign, with a period of transition having not gone as smoothly as hoped. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player James, though, feels that Ronaldo was merely speaking in the heat of the moment and that Madrid have too much quality at their disposal to concern themselves with those no longer on their books.”They were going through a tough moment and you say things that you shouldn’t sometimes,” the Colombia international told Caracol.“I believe that Real Madrid have very good players to have a really good campaign. They are a massive team, they have a team with the power to change everything. I left lots of really good teammates and friends in Madrid and I always watch them when I can. I keep in touch with Ramos, Benzema and Marcelo.” James Rodriguez Bayern MunichHaving struggled for regular starts during his time at Santiago Bernabeu, James jumped at the chance to link up with German giants Bayern Munich.He moved to the Allianz Arena on an initial two-year loan agreement which includes the option for a permanent transfer to be completed.It has, however, been suggested that James could be welcomed back into the fold in the Spanish capital if he proves himself in the Bundesliga, with a slow start having made way for an upturn in fortune.James, though, is reluctant to be drawn into a debate regarding his future less than six months into his spell with Bayern.He added: “I don’t know. For now, I am thinking about Bayern Munich. I have two years left here, I am doing well here and I am happy.”James has made 17 appearances for Bayern across all competitions, netting two goals and providing four assists.last_img read more

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk: we want to win it all, that’s our mindset

first_imgShare via Email Share on Facebook Topics Liverpool Read more The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on LinkedIn news Dejan Lovren denies wrongdoing after being charged with perjury Share on Pinterest “This is a great time to be a Liverpool player,” the Netherlands centre-half said after the victory against Paris Saint-Germain. “Everyone is excited, everyone wants to be a part of it and though we know the season is very long, with four competitions to play in, we want to win everything. That is basically our mindset.“You need to have ambitions, and with the size of this club and its history we are going to try to win everything. It is going to be hard, and there will be days when we have downs, but we have shown we can react to tough situations and at the moment I am not worried about anything. There is a lot of belief in this team, in the whole squad in fact. Everyone is there for each other.”center_img Liverpool have the stamina to stick to Klopp’s gameplan in PSG thriller Reuse this content Share on Twitter Read more Liverpool will meet tougher opponents this season, especially in Europe, but Van Dijk is confident that they are once again capable of taking on and beating the very top teams. “We were not in the Champions League final last season for no reason,” he said. “We already deserve respect for what we did but in football you have to keep proving yourself because it always starts again. The season has only just started and we can’t take anything for granted and get ahead of ourselves.“We have to keep working hard and stay humble. We have a tough game on Saturday with Southampton, then Chelsea and Manchester City coming up. When games come along every three days you have to be properly prepared, it’s the only way forward. That and the right mindset. I want to create memories here, I want to win things with this team, and to do that we have to have belief in our ability to beat the best teams.“If you are going to be out on the pitch and you don’t believe that, then you had better stay at home.” Liverpool have made an excellent start in both the Premier League and the Champions League, winning their first six matches of the season, and Virgil van Dijk believes the time has come to regard the club as a threat in all competitions. Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp PSG were perhaps not the greatest advertisement for £750m of Qatari investment at Anfield, though Liverpool had to start the game without Roberto Firmino and before the Brazilian came on at the end to score the winner Daniel Sturridge had stepped into the attack to supply the first goal with a confident finish. “We have good players who are not always in the team,” Van Dijk said. “Studge came in and did not just score a very important goal, he worked hard for the team. That’s the vital thing. When one player is out another needs to be there, and at the moment that is what’s happening.”last_img read more

Ohio State QB’s J.T. Barrett And Stephen Collier Got Some Extra Throwing In Today With Buckeye WRs

first_imgJ.T. Barrett celebrating during Ohio State's game against Michigan.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Quarterback J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after rushing for a fourth quarter touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Just because it looks like Braxton Miller won’t be playing quarterback this season for the Buckeyes, doesn’t mean Ohio State’s other QB’s can take things easy. There’s still a quarterback competition to win and a national championship to defend, and sophomore J.T. Barrett, the primary starter last season, certainly knows that. That’s probably why Barrett and fellow quarterback Stephen Collier spent some free time today throwing with wide receivers Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell and Noah Brown. That Ohio State offense will be scary this season, no matter who is at the controls.last_img read more

Want to Compete in a Winemaking Reality Show?

first_img Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Editors’ Recommendations Reality shows have become something of a guilty pleasure in recent years. Ironically, these supposedly “real” shows have slipped into a pit of manufactured drama and emotionally manipulative editing. Thankfully, a more refined reality show is ripening on the vine: a winemaking competition called Best Bottle.“The show is inspired by a love for the wine community,” says Executive Producer Scott Krauger, who also has more than 25 years of experience in the wine industry. “It’s also about wanting to change the world through wine; to get people to slow down, eat great food, invite their friends and family over, and put a bottle of wine on the table.”Related: Join the Cult: The five best cult wines in the worldIn the show, representatives from two well-known wine regions will compete to make the best bottle of wine they can. The first season will feature winemakers from California and Oregon, and each state will have five competitors — affectionately called “cellar rats.” The contestants will compete and be eliminated until only one cellar rat from each region remains. The winner of the ultimate showdown will win $100,000, a new car, and an exclusive winemaking deal.“Think Top Chef meets How It’s Made, with a little bit of Project Runway in it,” says Krauger. “There’s elimination, there’s inter-team rivalry, and there’s also interstate rivalry. One of the things I’m excited about is the smack talk between Napa and Oregon.” We’re also told to expect challenges, celebrity judges, and a real look into the winemaking process.The show is greenlit and ready to go. The producers of Best Bottle, along with distribution partner Mance Media, are currently looking at various network and streaming options. All they need now are some competitors; that’s where you come in.Best Bottle is currently accepting video entries through July 1st. Competitors must be over 21, have some experience in the wine industry, and harbor a genuine passion for wine. If this describes you, head over the the Best Bottle website and check out the eligibility requirements.Since there are many excellent wine regions in the world, the show will be a global affair. “We will be filming Australia versus New Zealand in March of 2016, then in the fall of 2016, we will come back and film the winner of season one against Washington for season two,” says Krauger. “Think of it as the World Cup of Wine.”Stay tuned, wine lovers. 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World 11 Best Pocket Knives for Everyday Carry last_img read more

PO Ferries English Channel Ships Go Into Overdrive

first_imgzoom UK-based ferry operator P&O Ferries carried more freight across the English Channel in the first three months of the year than in any first quarter in its modern history. The ferry and logistics company’s six ships on the Dover-Calais route transported 361,100 lorries during January, February and March.This figure was almost 11 per cent higher than the corresponding period in 2016 and nine per cent higher than the previous best ever Q1 in 2012.P&O Ferries also set individual monthly freight records in January, February and March respectively, the company said.Janette Bell, Managing Director of P&O Ferries, said: “Our performance during Q1 shows just how many businesses across Europe rely – either directly or indirectly – on the services we provide. We expect demand for cross-Channel transport to increase, driven by a rising population and the continuing strength of the British economy. It is essential for our customers from all parts of Europe that maintaining secure, safe and efficient passage through the ports of Dover and Calais is a priority for both sides negotiating Britain’s departure from the European Union.” During the quarter, two of P&O Ferries’ English Channel ships – the Pride of Canterbury and the Pride of Burgundy – spent several weeks each in Poland’s Remontowa shipyard for life extension work. Both vessels, which weigh up to 30,000 tons, have now been relaunched and are back in service.last_img read more

P3 School Contracts Members Expenses Focus of Auditor General

first_imgNova Scotia’s education department has not met its duty to taxpayers or to students because of significant weaknesses in its management of P3 school contracts, Auditor General Jacques Lapointe said in his latest report. The Auditor General’s first report of the year, released to the legislature today, Feb. 3, also raises concerns about “irresponsible practices and questionable expenditures” involving MLAs’ expense accounts. Mr. Lapointe cited a range of problems with management of the 20-year agreements between the province and developers who built and own the 39 P3 schools. He made 21 recommendations to address those problems and urged the department to begin planning for the end of the contracts, now less than 10 years away. The report says procedures to monitor whether the developers are meeting the terms of the contracts are inadequate. The department relies on principals and other school board employees to alert them to problems. But those officials were unaware of maintenance or other service levels called for in the agreements. “If there are no complaints, the department assumes the contract is being fulfilled,” said Mr. Lapointe. The audit found a number of contractual requirements that were not met, including child abuse and criminal record checks, first aid training and fire safety inspections. In two cases, developers subcontracted school maintenance back to school boards, in effect transferring responsibility for maintenance and operation of the buildings back to taxpayers — an arrangement that seems to benefit developers but has questionable value for taxpayers. The Auditor General audited the expenses filed by and paid to members of the legislature between July 2006 and June 2009, and found a “deficient” system that invites errors and misuse. Mr. Lapointe said it is difficult to determine to what extent system weaknesses, processing errors, innocent mistakes or conscious decisions by members contributed to questionable expenses payments. He pointed out that the government has already moved on his key recommendation and initiated a comprehensive examination of the expense system. In addition, some procedures have been tightened and some members have paid back money. While his report cites a number of specific incidents of what he called excessive or inappropriate expenses, Mr. Lapointe decided not to identify individual members in his report, although “…the argument can be made that there is both a public interest and right to know (names of MLAs).” “Ultimately, I decided to exclude members’ names from the report, not for their protection but because I hope to focus attention on a broken system that requires fixing, rather than on individuals,” said Mr. Lapointe. The Auditor General provided information to the Speaker and the legislature’s Internal Economy Board to enable the recovery of funds from individual members. His report also focused on the development of electronic health records. While Mr. Lapointe’s audit found good project management practices in the electronic health record initiative, he noted that the various initiatives underway in the Department of Health are not integrated and may not be compatible. He recommended the development and implementation of an overall IT strategy for electronic health records. Mr. Lapointe’s 150-page report cites financial reporting issues across government including the excessive use of additional appropriations at year end and the continuing practice of paying universities in advance. The report also includes information on various economic and financial indicators which are designed to assess government’s ability to respond to changing economic conditions. The complete report and related documents are available online at www.oag-ns.ca or by contacting the office at 902-424-5907.last_img read more

NSBI Announces 201011 Annual Results

first_img — Seven companies committed to additional growth in the province and this activity from investment attraction clients is forecasted to generate an average salary of $51,316. –- Seventeen business financing projects were authorized, and six companies have enhanced their productivity using the Strategic Investment Fund. — Under NSBI’s venture capital division, four projects were authorized. “Although our economy has clearly seen the impact of global turbulence, we still have seen some success in Nova Scotia, and now is the time to be even more strategic and vigilant,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “There is a lot more we can do to help our clients and partners stay aggressive and proactive so we can continue to see world-class business growth in the province and around the world.” The 2010-11 annual report measures NSBI against goals from its 2010-11 business plan. For more information on NSBI’s results, visit www.novascotiabusiness.com/Report2011 . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI helps local companies and attracts international businesses to Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) and its partners continued to help local and international companies as they seized opportunities to compete and grow across the province and internationally in 2010-11. NSBI released its ninth annual report today, Oct. 6, which covers the fiscal period from April 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011. “With the work of agencies like NSBI and business development partners across the province, we continue to position our people and businesses to compete successfully, create good jobs in Nova Scotia and contribute to a growing economy,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. Based on activity by its clients in the past fiscal year, the province’s business development agency projects $142 million in potential payroll creation. “I’ve witnessed the transformative power of global competitiveness in my role with NSBI,” said Jim Eisenhauer, chair of NSBI’s board of directors. “Meeting the changing demands of a global economy fuels innovation and boosts productivity. This, in turn, creates good jobs and drives economic growth.” Some highlights of the annual report include: In collaboration with partners, NSBI’s trade services helped 328 companies expand existing markets and explore new markets. last_img read more

Backlog of legacy refugee claims in Canada soon to be cleared minister

first_imgOTTAWA — Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says a backlog of “legacy” claims filed by refugee applicants to Canada who have been waiting over seven years for hearings will soon be cleared.Hussen says only a handful of claims remain from a backlog of that once stood at 32,000, thanks to efforts of a special task force struck to deal specifically with so-called legacy cases.The backlog was created in December 2012, when the Conservative government of the day set new deadlines for refugee hearings.The new rules said refugee hearings had to happen within 60 days.Officials at the arms-length agency that processes asylum cases struggled to meet that deadline for new claimants, so the 32,000 cases already in the system at the time were bumped to a lower-priority queue for scheduled hearings.That left thousands of asylum-seekers in limbo — on a list government will finally clear by the end of July.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bank of Canadas Carney to Canadian firms Its not too late to

OTTAWA — Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney says it’s never too late for Canadian firms to adopt a China strategy.The central banker says he remains bullish on China, even though some countries may have gotten their foot into the fast-growing market first and growth appears to be slowing.The temporary slowdown in China’s economy— while real — should not discourage companies because the country still represents a large slice of global growth.Carney has been urging Canadian firms to invest more of the about $500-billion in what he has termed “dead money,” or available cash amassed from several years of profits.Speaking at a conference on China on Monday, Carney says as China transforms from an export-driven economy to one focused on domestic consumption, the growth rate will slow, but opportunities for countries like Canada will increase.[np-related] read more

TSX declines amid weak US spending data

The Toronto stock market was lower Thursday amid a disappointing read on American consumer spending and mixed earnings news.The S&P/TSX composite index gave back 17.56 points to 14,957.09, while the Canadian dollar rose 0.09 of a cent to 93.36 cents US.U.S. indexes were also negative with the Dow Jones industrials down 71.38 points to 16,796.13, the Nasdaq was 20.58 points lower to 4,359.18 and the S&P 500 index fell 10.43 points to 1,949.1.The U.S. Commerce Department says consumer spending rose 0.2 per cent last month after no gain in April, missing expectations for a 0.4 per cent rise.“More importantly, in real-terms, consumption fell for the second straight month, down 0.1 per cent in May,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Jennifer Lee, who also observed that consumers still account for the “lion’s share” of the U.S. economy.“Going forward, the second quarter will still see rebound but something in the order of around a three per cent annualized pace, down from our call of 3.8 per cent. This is very disappointing,” Lee said.U.S. incomes rose a solid 0.4 per cent in May, which met expectations, after a 0.3 per cent April gain.Meanwhile, an inflation gauge that’s closely monitored by the U.S. Federal Reserve has risen 1.8 per cent over the past 12 months, the fastest rise since late 2012 but still below the Fed’s two per cent target.Data released Wednesday showed that the final revision to American economic growth in the first quarter showed that U.S. gross domestic product shrank 2.9 per cent, larger than the two per cent contraction economists had expected. However, the decline was due in large part to severe winter weather.On the corporate front, grocer Sobey’s plans to close about 50 of its underperforming stories, most of them in Western Canada where parent company Empire Inc. (TSX:EMP.A) purchased the Canada Safeway supermarket chain. Empire made the announcement as it also posted fourth-quarter adjusted net earnings from continuing operations of $131.3 million, or $1.42 per diluted share, beating estimates of $1.29.That compared with $95.7 million, or $1.40 per diluted share, in the same quarter of last year. Sales were $5.94 billion, up $1.68 billion year-over-year, narrowly missing expectations of $5.95 billion. It also upped its dividend 3.8 per cent to 27 cents a share and its shares slipped 15 cents to $66.95.Also, media giant Shaw Communications (TSX:SJR.B) reported quarterly earnings per share of 47 cents, two cents less than estimates. Revenue in the quarter was $1.34 billion, up one per cent year-over-year and its shares gained six cents to $26.41.In other corporate news, Alcoa is buying British jet engine component company Firth Rixson for US$2.35 billion in cash and $500 million stock. Alcoa is increasing its focus on finished aluminum products for aerospace, autos and other industries.The gold sector was the major decliner, down 0.8 per cent while August bullion faded $6 to US$1,316.60 an ounce.The energy sector was down 0.2 per cent as oil prices also declined as fears diminished somewhat over supply disruptions from Iraq with the August contract down 38 cents to US$106.12 a barrel.July copper was unchanged at US$3.16 a pound and the base metals component lost 0.15 per cent. read more

LTTE suspects transferred from Welikada

Meanwhile former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, who is housed at the adjoining prison, was not harmed in the incident, his family members said in a facebook post. Fonseka is serving time at the prison over several charges filed against him. Over 100 LTTE suspects serving time at the Welikada prison were transferred to several other prisons as a result of the riot which broke out at the prison today.Prisons Commissioner P.W Kodipilli said that most of the LTTE suspects were transferred to Kalutara and rest to other prisons around the country. The situation following the clash between prisoners and prison guards has been brought under control and the main road opposite the prison has been re-opened for traffic.

Soldiers hospitalized following lightning strike

Meanwhile the department of meteorology has warned that lightning and strong winds can be expected in several parts of the country over the next 24 hours.The public have been advised to remain cautious. The military says 12 soldiers were hospitalized after lightning struck land adjoining a building they were constructing in Kamburupitiya this evening.Military spokesman Brigadier Nihal Happuarachi said that the soldiers suffered from shock and were not in a series condition.

Autism letter deemed not a hate crime

Durham Regional Police say an unsigned letter telling a family to move, or euthanize a 13-year old autistic boy does not constitute a hate crime.Brenda Millson of Newcastle was shocked by the letter, which arrived on Friday. The author claimed to be a mother in the neighbourhood, who’s upset at the noises Millson’s grandson, Max, makes when he’s outside. Police are looking for whoever sent the letter, but say despite using, “hateful language,” it doesn’t meet the threshold for a hate crime. Millson says her family has received a swell of support from the community.

Highlevel UN forum devises work plan to boost sustainable development

Summing up the three-day high-level segment of the eleventh session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, Chairman Mohammed Valli Moosa of South Africa praised the ministers’ “positive” contributions and said that their main objective had been to nail down a plan towards the implementation of global development goals. The Commission will continue meeting at the UN Headquarters through next Friday.Speaking at a press briefing, Mr. Moosa said the high-level segment’s success proved that the spirit of the last year’s World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa, had “carried through.” Senior ministers had devised a two-year work plan – focused on water and energy – that would allow the Commission to help countries realize the targets and goals agreed at that landmark conference.Echoing that sentiment at the briefing was Nitin Desai, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, who said the ministers had a “much more positive outlook now than the morning after” the Summit. Successful elements from the WSSD, like Johannesburg’s “partnership fair,” had been revived for the present Commission session. As a result, a total of $1.2 billion had been committed to partnerships, and not just between governments, but also between them and private sector or trade partners, as well as labour unions and other organizations, he said.Implementation had been at the core of the high-level segment, Mr. Moosa emphasized, recalling that the main outcome document from Johannesburg had been a Plan of Implementation. There was no need to focus on policy since sustainable development was now building on “Agenda 21” – a blueprint for sustainable development agreed upon at the 1992 UN Conference for Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “No new definition of sustainable development is needed,” he said, “we must now work out how to implement agreed measures.”Responding to a question on what had changed in the years between the Rio Summit and Johannesburg, Mr. Desai said the aid climate was better now. After Rio, aid for sustainable development activities had declined. Now, more aid was coming in for projects, such as for partnerships. He added that Johannesburg had come out with an action plan rather than with concepts – some 30-plus programmes with timetables had been agreed.Asked to comment on the choice of water and energy for the theme of the Commission’s first two-year theme, Mr. Moosa said freshwater had been seen as a central issue impacting on other issues. For example, a shortage of freshwater affected women in a particular way. The issue was crosscutting, involving issues of health, sanitation and development. Likewise, energy was linked to questions of natural resources and others so that all could be handled in a comprehensive way, he added. This was in line with a major message the ministers had delivered during the high-level segment. read more

Ohio State loses second straight game falls to Clemson 4035 in Orange

A member of the grounds crew cares for the grass before the game. OSU lost to Clemson in the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium Jan. 3, 40-35. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Ohio State Buckeyes are officially on a losing streak.OSU lost its second straight game after winning 24 in a row over the last two seasons since Urban Meyer took over as head coach, falling to No. 12 Clemson (11-2, 7-1) in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, 40-35.Tiger quarterback, redshirt-senior Tajh Boyd, led a high-powered offense that amassed 576 total yards against the Buckeyes (12-2, 8-1) and the Clemson defense did enough down the stretch to win the game, turning junior quarterback Braxton Miller over twice in the game’s final three minutes.“We’re not a championship-caliber defense right now, although we think about the last two games, we were in position to go win (those) games,” Meyer said following the loss. “Our defense certainly made some plays to help us go win a game.”Boyd scored on the game’s first drive, running 48 yards up the middle for a touchdown. After Miller scored on a 33-yard run on OSU’s next possession, Boyd connected with junior wide receiver Sammy Watkins from 34 yards out.“I don’t know all the receivers in the country, but I can’t imagine any better than that guy,” Meyer said of Watkins in a post game press conference.Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier agreed, saying that Watkins “was just making plays.”“We had to get leverage and was losing leverage, and he was just taking it up the sideline,” Shazier said following the loss. “It was getting guys out of position. If we had leverage, we could have shut him down a little bit more, but we just didn’t do it.”Following a safety late in the first quarter, Boyd extended the lead to 20-9 after he found junior wide receiver Martavis Bryant on a three yard touchdown pass.The Buckeyes quickly responded, as Miller threw a touchdown pass, and ran for another to give OSU a 22-20 lead at halftime.The Buckeyes would score again on the first possession of the second half, when senior running back Carlos Hyde found the end zone from one-yard out to extend the lead to 29-20.But a muffed punt by senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown later in the third quarter lit a spark that led Clemson to score twice before the fourth quarter began. Boyd hit Watkins and then Bryant again to make the score 34-29.OSU came back once again, when Miller hit Hyde from 14 yards out, and after a two-point play failed, OSU lead 35-34.But Boyd led the Tigers back down the field, hitting redshirt-sophomore tight end Stanton Seckinger from five yards out to give Clemson the lead for good.“It’s playing for these guys. I’ve learned so much and grown so much as a person since I’ve been here. And I can’t think of a better way to give back to school than a victory in this game,” Boyd said following the victory. “It was a very impressive victory for this team, this university. Can’t wait to celebrate with the guys.”Miller fumbled on OSU’s next drive, but the Buckeye offense was given another shot when redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett picked off Boyd with just under 1:30 left.Miller, however, threw his second interception of the game two plays later, sealing the win for Clemson.Watkins was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, as he finished with Orange Bowl records of 16 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Boyd was 31-40 passing for 378 yards and five touchdowns, also rushing for 127 yards for a touchdown.“Tonight was just to go out there and have fun, go out with a bang, and get the 11-2 in back-to-back seasons and just finish off my legacy here and I definitely did that,” Watkins said about his performance during a post game press conference.Miller finished with 234 passing yards and two touchdowns, while also scoring twice on the ground.Looking ahead to next season, OSU is set to take on Navy Aug. 30 in Baltimore. For now, the loss will linger.“Is this what we expect? No,” Meyer said, who lost his first BCS game of his career. “We expect top 10 defense at Ohio State, top 10 offense, and top 10 special teams, and I don’t believe we accomplished any of those.”Junior wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) pulls away as he runs with the ball. OSU lost against Clemson in the Orange Bowl Jan. 3, 40-35. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor read more