5 Films That Influenced Christopher Nolan

first_imgThe Spy Who Loved MeImage via MGMReleased the same year Nolan first watched Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me may be the most well-known Roger Moore Bond film. To the eyes of a kid, this was the coolest Bond ever. To Christopher Nolan, 1977 may have been the greatest year ever.One of the first films I remember seeing was The Spy Who Loved Me and at a certain point the Bond films fixed in my head as a great example of scope and scale in large scale images. That idea of getting you to other places, of getting you along for a ride if you can believe in it — in The Spy Who Loved Me, the Lotus Esprit turns into a submarine and its totally convincing, and it works and you go ‘Wow, that’s incredible.’ — IndieWireNolan frequently cites this particular Bond film often, but he is a huge fan of Bond films in general. He credits the franchise for creating threats that played on audiences fears.Interestingly, the Bond films, back in the 60s, they were very specifically about Cold War fears — They introduced the threat of nuclear terrorism very specifically for the first time in movies and they were closer than people realize, in pop culture terms, to what people feared at the time. And I think that one of the things in taking on an action film set in a great American city post-9/11, if we were going to be honest in terms of our fears and what might threaten this great city, then we were going to come up against terrorism and how that might feature in the universe of Batman. And I think we approached it with a great deal of sincerity. Before Christopher Nolan was a blockbuster director, he was a kid who loved movies. Here are the five films he identifies as his biggest influences.Top image via ColliderChristopher Nolan has established himself as one of the blockbuster directors of this generation. The skills he has acquired as a filmmaker can be credited to the countless movies he’s seen in his lifetime.“Movies become indistinguishable from our own memories,” Nolan said in an interview with Wired magazine. “You file them away and they become very personal.”Here’s a look at how five specific films played a major role in establishing Nolan’s blockbuster worlds.2001: A Space OdysseyImage via MGMIn May of 1977, Star Wars reinvigorated the world’s love of sci-fi and space films. That summer, theaters in the UK re-released Stanley Kubrick’s space epic, 2001: A Space Odyssey.My dad took my brother and me to Leicester Square, which is where you’d find the biggest theaters in London. I remember very clearly just the experience of being transported to another world. I was a huge Star Wars fan at the time. But this was a completely different way of experiencing science fiction. I was seven years old, so I couldn’t claim to have understood the film. I still can’t claim that. But as a seven year old, I didn’t care about understanding the film. I just felt this extraordinary experience of being taken to another world. You didn’t doubt this world for an instant. It had a larger than life quality.When I tell people this story, they often find it unusual that a child of that age would want to see 2001. But the truth is all of my friends went to see 2001 in the year after Star Wars. We would all sit and talk about what it meant. It was ‘pure cinema.’ The fact that it’s challenging cinema in an intellectual sense doesn’t bother you when you’re a kid. You just appreciate the feeling of the movie. — Entertainment WeeklyIt just has that sensory stimulation of pure cinema that speaks to people of all ages. People forget kids like it too — because we were all into spaceships. — Empire Magazine Image via The GuardianIt’s obvious that 2001 highly influenced Nolan’s Interstellar, but director Stanley Kubrick would be the one that really shaped Nolan as a filmmaker. Not only did Kubrick’s work leave an impression, but so did his personal approach to the craft.From a storytelling point of view, from a directing point of view, there is one thing I associate with what he does, which is calm. There is such an inherent calm and inherent trust of the one powerful image, that he makes me embarrassed with my own work, in terms of how many different shots, how many different sound effects, how many different things we’ll throw at an audience to make an impression. But with Kubrick, there is such a great trust of the one correct image to calmly explain something to audience. There can be some slowness to the editing. There’s nothing frenetic about it. It’s very simple. There’s a trust in simple storytelling and simple image making that actually takes massive confidence to try and emulate. — Entertainment WeeklyIt’s not Kubrick’s filmmaking alone either, as the director also influenced Nolan’s approach to studio collaborations.I think anyone who is working [for the studios] looks to Kubrick as the great example of someone who is able to make films that were very personal to him, very idiosyncratic, with a great degree of passion, while collaborating with the studios and making what he did fit within the economic models of their times. — Entertainment WeeklyThat mindset has since helped Nolan’s production company, Syncopy, establish itself as a blockbuster powerhouse in a matter of years. Syncopy has collaborated with Legendary Pictures, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. to produce films that have hit nearly $4.7 Billion in box office sales — in less than a decade.Blade RunnerImage via Warner Bros.Director Ridley Scott had just blown audiences away with Alien when his 1982 follow-up film, Blade Runner, hit theaters. The films established Scott as a blockbuster filmmaker during Christopher Nolan’s most influential years.I have always been a huge fan of Ridley Scott and certainly when I was a kid. Alien, Blade Runner just blew me away because they created these extraordinary worlds that were just completely immersive. — Media FactoryThis film has influenced nearly all of Nolan’s movies. He considers Blade Runner a key touchstone of science fiction. The film’s production design and style were key to establishing the base of Nolan’s Batman universe. Nolan even cast Blade Runner star Rutger Hauer in Batman Begins.Image via Warner Bros.It’s hard to say what was conscious homage, and what was my analysis of why Blade Runner was so convincing in its production design and in the way it uses its sets. From a pragmatic point of view, Blade Runner is actually one of the most successful films of all time in terms of constructing that reality using sets. On Batman Begins, unlike The Dark Knight, we found ourselves having to build the streets of Gotham in large part. So I immediately gravitated toward the visual treatment that Ridley Scott had come up with, in terms of how you shoot these massive sets to make them feel real and not like impressive sets. And immediately we started looking at the rain, the handheld cameras, the longer lenses…So myself, my designer Nathan Crowley, and my cinematographer Wally Pfister, we started to throw all of that into the mix of how you can help the look of something, how you can create texture, as Ridley Scott has always been the absolute master of. Creating a texture to a shooting style that maximizes the impact of the set, and minimizes the artifice — the feeling that this world has edges to it that you would see at the edge of the frame. Blade Runner is one of the examples of how you can take a camera and get down and dirty… and really envelop your audience in the atmosphere of the world you’re trying to create. We definitely tried to emulate that style, and I think in doing so we actually created homage, particularly where we used the rain very much. — Forbescenter_img Image via Stay For The CreditsIt wasn’t only the Dark Knight trilogy that benefitted from the influence of 007. In fact, the closest thing we may get to a Christopher Nolan James Bond film is Inception.The Bond influence on the film was very intentional because, for me, growing up with the Bond films — they’ve always stood for grand-scale action. — BBCThe Spy Who Loved Me was not the only Bond film to be a major influence, as Nolan also cites On Her Majesty’s Secret Service as his favorite Bond film. Overall, it was the world of James Bond that showcased an expansive cinematic universe.I think for me, when you look at the idea of being able to create a limitless world and use it almost as a playground for action and adventure and so forth, I naturally gravitate towards cinematic worlds, whether it’s the Bond films and things like that. So without being too self-conscious about it or without too much intention as I was writing it, I certainly allowed my mind to wander where it would naturally and I think a lot of the tropes from different genres of movies, heist films, spy films, that kind of thing, they therefore sort of naturally sit in that world. — ColliderThe Thin Red LineImage via Fox 2000 PicturesTerrence Malick‘s 1998 film, The Thin Red Line, is listed as one of Christopher Nolan’s all-time favorite films. The film helped Nolan realize that there were no set boundaries in film editing, which helped him set up the story in Memento.I also see a lot of attempts to do what I saw Terrence Malick doing, in terms of the portrayal of mental states and memory. If you watch The Thin Red Line, that was a revelation to me. He’s cutting to memories and flashbacks with simple cuts; there are no wavy lines or dissolves. There are moments [in Memento] where Guy’s character is remembering his wife that were taken very much from that film. — MovielineImage via The Film StageSupermanImage via Warner Bros.One of the great films that I am very influenced by that we haven’t talked about was Dick Donner’s Superman. It made a huge impression on me. — The Hollywood ReporterDonner took on the character of Superman, he made the image of how people my age saw Superman. I still remember the trailers. I remember going to the cinema to see something else and seeing these epic trailers — the character standing in the cornfield, Marlon Brando’s voice — and that stuck with me. — IndieWireOne of Nolan’s biggest takeaways from the film was the realistic setting.… the world is pretty much the world we live in, but there’s this extraordinary figure there, which is what worked so well in Dick Donner’s Superman film. — The Hollywood ReporterWhen I talk about reality in these films, it’s often misconstrued as direct reality, but it’s really cinematic reality. It’s about trying to find the translation and credibility in the events and fantastical nature of what is going on. — IndieWireThat cinematic reality played a huge role in the world of the Dark Knight trilogy, and once again appeared in Superman’s universe with the Man of Steel franchise, which was produced by Nolan.Image via Collider If you would like more on Christopher Nolan’s favorite films, check out his Top Ten list on Criterion.last_img read more

Tension in Maharashtra town over call for ‘boycott of Muslims’

first_imgThe circulation of pamphlets calling for a social and economic boycott of Muslims in Narkhed of Nagpur district, Maharashtra has created tension in the town.The pamphlets appeared a week after the town witnessed a riot-like situation when a doctor was beaten up by some members of a particular community over a social media post on Vande Mataram.They appeal to the majority community to boycott Muslim festivals and programmes.“Don’t employ Muslim workers at your home or work places. Don’t call Muslims to your homes. Don’t go to shops and petrol pumps owned by them. Don’t vote for Muslim candidates,” were some of the exhortations.last_img read more

Woman’s family kill man over relationship in Bikaner

first_imgThree people, including the father of a woman, were arrested in Bikaner on Thursday for allegedly thrashing to death a 22-year-old man from another community who they believed was involved in a relationship with her, police said. Saif Ali Khan was abducted by nearly half a dozen people, including the father and cousin brothers of the woman, on Tuesday night, they said. He was brutally thrashed and dumped in a drain, the officials added. Police traced the victim and admitted him to a government hospital where he died yesterday morning, an official said.“The man was involved in a relationship with a woman. When the woman’s family came to know about the affair, they fixed her marriage elsewhere, but the man was trying to make contact with her so that they can elope” Sub Inspector of Naya Shahar Police Station Bhajan Lal said.Bikaner SP Swai Singh Godara said the family had fixed the woman’s marriage with another man on May 12 in haste, but Khan kept pursuing the woman. The case cannot be given a communal angle as the woman’s family members were against her marrying outside their caste, the SP added.According to police officials, a case was registered against seven persons.last_img read more

Rest: Frowned upon when NBA games count, not in preseason

first_imgJAZZ 120, SUNS 102Ricky Rubio scored 20 points in only 15 first-half minutes, getting the rest of the night off as Utah rolled. The Jazz never trailed, and had a 28-point lead by the time the game was 21 minutes old.Donovan Mitchell added 17 for the Jazz.Devin Booker scored 19 for Phoenix, which got 18 more from Alex Len.JAZZ: Rubio shot 8 for 10, plus had three steals. … Derrick Favors was plus-22 in 20 minutes, finishing with nine points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks in that little bit of work. … The Jazz used 17 players, and 16 scored.SUNS: Josh Jackson scored 14 and Marquese Chriss added 13. … Eric Bledsoe handed out seven assists, but shot just 1 for 6. … Phoenix took 41 free throws to Utah’s 17.UP NEXT: Utah (4-0) visits the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Phoenix (1-2) hosts Portland on Wednesday.TRAIL BLAZERS 97, KINGS 83Jusuf Nurkic scored 16 points to lead Portland. The Trail Blazers’ backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 26 points, on 7 for 21 shooting.Justin Jackson had 16 for Sacramento, which was without several rotation players.TRAIL BLAZERS: Caleb Swanigan had 12 rebounds, while Evan Turner and Jake Layman each scored 10 points. … Portland finished with a 48-39 rebounding edge. Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) drives to the basket against New York Knicks’ Damyean Dotson (21) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)MIAMI — There is no NBA mandate urging teams to not rest players in the preseason.Good thing.The dog days of the exhibition schedule have arrived, with plenty of stars sitting out Monday night’s games. Among those getting the night off to rest: Boston stars Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Al Horford; Miami’s Goran Dragic; and the Orlando trio of Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon and Bismack Biyombo. Indiana rested a half-dozen players, as did Sacramento — including Vince Carter, George Hill and Zach Randolph.“It’s hard to play 14 guys,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said.ADVERTISEMENT In Dragic’s case, Miami is being smart since he played for two months this summer, helping Slovenia win the European championship and returning to Miami just two days before the first practice of training camp. He hasn’t played much in the preseason.“This is all relatively part of the plan I had sketched out,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I wanted him to be in training camp … and he really wanted to be there too, just to establish the right tone out of camp. We want to try to strike that balance of keeping him in shape and making sure he’s peaking for the first game, not going the other way. I think we’re headed that way.”Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the lineup he went with Monday allows him to take a good look at what willbe Boston’s second unit.“I feel really good about where we are, considering we’re 13 days in,” Stevens said. “I don’t think we’re by any means a finished product and I think we can get better.”ROCKETS 117, KNICKS 95ADVERTISEMENT Hornets’ Jordan donates $7 million to build medical clinics View comments LATEST STORIES KINGS: Frank Mason was impressive, with 13 points and five rebounds. … Skal Labissiere also scored 13 for Sacramento.UP NEXT: Portland (3-1) visits Phoenix on Wednesday. Sacramento (1-3) visits the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. Houston’s Chris Paul didn’t play in New York because of a right shoulder contusion, the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis (hip) and Frank Ntilikina (knee) sat out that same game with soreness, Detroit’s Avery Bradley was sidelined by a turned ankle and Orlando’s Evan Fournier (ankle) and Terrence Ross (hamstring) also didn’t play because of minor injuries. Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox was out with a sore back.When the regular season starts next week, resting players who are healthy enough to play will be officially frowned upon by a new NBA policy. But for now, it just makes sense for clubs to either limit minutes or not take unnecessary risks.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 shutoutThat being said, teams are still working. Joerger knows his team needs a day off — but the Kings arepracticing Tuesday anyway.“We have way too much stuff to do, and not just for opening night,” Joerger said. HEAT: James Johnson was called for a Flagrant-1 after a hard foul on Howard in the third quarter. The two slapped hands afterward, clearly without animosity. … The rookie learning curve for Bam Adebayo continued, after he had three fouls in three first-half minutes and the Heat were outscored by 10 in that stretch.UP NEXT: Miami (2-2) hosts Washington on Wednesday. Charlotte (1-2) hosts Boston on Wednesday.HAWKS 100, GRIZZLIES 88Dennis Schroder scored 21 points to lead Atlanta, which got 15 from Malcolm Delaney.James Ennis scored 14 to lead Memphis.GRIZZLIES: Memphis was only 4 for 22 from 3-point range. … Marc Gasol had 13 rebounds.HAWKS: Rookie John Collins got cut beneath his right eye, then returned and led the Hawks with eight rebounds. … Atlanta was plus-21 in DeAndre’ Bembry’s 20 minutes. … The game was at Georgia Tech because of renovations at the Hawks’ home arena.UP NEXT: Memphis (2-1) hosts Houston on Wednesday. Atlanta (2-2) hosts Dallas on Thursday at Georgia Tech.MAVERICKS 99, MAGIC 96Dennis Smith Jr. scored 16 points, Harrison Barnes added 14 and Dirk Nowitzki added 10 for Dallas.D.J. Augustin scored 24 points for the Magic, which got 19 from Jonathon Simmons.MAGIC: Nikola Vucevic grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. … Augustin was 6 for 10 from 3-point range, and Mo Speights had 15 points after shooting 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.MAVERICKS: Smith also had seven assists and six rebounds. … J.J. Barea was very effective, with eight points and nine rebounds. … Nowitzki made 4 of his 7 shots.UP NEXT: Orlando (2-2) vists San Antonio on Tuesday. Dallas (3-1) visits Atlanta on Thursday at Georgia Tech. 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BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next James Harden had 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and Houston made 22 3-pointers while remainingunbeaten and keeping New York winless in the preseason.The teams tried during the offseason to work out a trade for Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks ended up sendinghim to Oklahoma City, though the Rockets appear to still have plenty of firepower.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points for the Knicks.ROCKETS: Houston has made at least 22 3-pointers in all three games. No team has ever had three straight games with 20 or more in the regular season. … Clint Capela had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Eric Gordon added 18 points. … Zhou Qi played three minutes, getting three points.KNICKS: Michael Beasley scored 17 points before leaving with a bruised left elbow. He landed hard on a drive to the basket in the third quarter. … Damyean Dotson also had 17 for New York.UP NEXT: Houston (3-0) visits Memphis on Wednesday. New York (0-4) hosts Washington on Friday.PISTONS 107, PACERS 97Detroit outscored Indiana 30-15 from the 3-point line, and had a 26-11 edge in points off turnovers.Ish Smith, Reggie Jackson and Boban Marjanovic had 14 points apiece for the Pistons. Damien Wilkins led Indiana with 14 off the bench, shooting 5 for 6 and making both of his 3-point tries.PACERS: Indiana led by 16 in the second quarter, but was outscored 71-47 in the final 25 minutes. … Myles Turner, Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Lance Stephenson all didn’t play. … Al Jefferson had 12 points on 6 for 14 shooting.PISTONS: Smith also had nine assists. … Detroit was plus-25 in Henry Ellenson’s 28 minutes. … Anthony Tolliver and Reggie Bullock each scored 12 for the Pistons.UP NEXT: Indiana (2-1) hosts Maccabi Haifa on Tuesday. Detroit (2-1) visits Toronto on Tuesday. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president CELTICS 113, 76ERS 96Hours after Philadelphia and Joel Embiid agreed on a five-year extension worth $148 million, Boston had no trouble with the 76ers and led wire-to-wire.Semi Ojeleye scored 16 for Boston, which led by as many as 34. Ben Simmons scored 15 for the 76ers, though he missed seven of his 10 free throws.CELTICS: Aron Baynes sprained his left knee in the first half. … Jaylen Brown scored 12 for the Celtics, who got 15 apiece from Terry Rozier and Abdel Nader.76ERS: Furkan Korkmaz scored 13 and No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz added 12. … The 76ers shot 28 percent from 3-point range and 52 percent from the foul line.UP NEXT: Boston (3-0) visits Charlotte on Wednesday. Philadelphia (0-3) plays Brooklyn on Wednesday in Uniondale, New York.HEAT 109, HORNETS 106Justise Winslow’s layup with 23.7 seconds left put Miami ahead for good as the Heat rallied in the final minutes.Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson each scored 18 for Miami, which got 13 from Dion Waiters and 11 points and 11 rebounds from Hassan Whiteside. Malik Monk scored 19 and Dwight Howard had 16 for Charlotte.HORNETS: All-Star guard Kemba Walker left early in the third quarter after getting hit in the face, and Jeremy Lamb left with groin soreness. … Charlotte had a 29-14 edge in points off turnovers, but was 5 for26 from 3-point range.last_img read more

Tendon repair

first_imgDefinitionTendon repair is surgery to repair damaged or torn tendons.Alternative NamesRepair of tendonDescriptionTendon repair can be performed using:Local anesthesia (the immediate area of the surgery is pain-free)Regional anesthesia (the local and surrounding areas are pain-free)General anesthesia (the patient is asleep and pain-free)The surgeon makes a cut on the skin over the injured tendon. The damaged or torn ends of the tendon are sewn together.If the tendon has been severely injured, a tendon graft may be needed.In this case, a piece of tendon from the foot, toe, or another part of the body is often used.If needed, tendons are reattached to the surrounding tissue.The surgeon examines the area to see if there any injuries to nerves and blood vessels. When complete, the wound is closed.If the tendon damage is too severe, the repair and reconstruction may have to be done at different times.The surgeon will perform one operation to repair part of the injury, and then allow the hand to heal for a few weeks. Another surgery will be later doneto complete the reconstruction and repair the tendon.Why the Procedure Is PerformedThe goal of tendon repair is to bring back normal function of joints or surrounding tissues following a tendon laceration.RisksRisks for any anesthesia include:Reactions to medicationsProblems breathingRisks for any surgery include:BleedingInfectionAdditional risks for tendon repair surgery include:Scar tissue formation that prevents smooth movementsPain that does not go awayPartial loss of use in the involved jointStiffness of the jointAfter the ProcedureadvertisementTendon repairs can often be done in an outpatient setting. Hospital stays, if any, are short.Healing may take 6 – 12 weeks. During that time the injured part may need to be kept still in a splint or cast. Typically, movement is returned gradually with therapy to protect the tendon as it heals.Treatment after surgery is often needed to minimize scar tissue and maximize the use of the injured area.Outlook (Prognosis)Most tendon repairs are successful with proper physical therapy, resulting in functional joint use.ReferencesSokolove PE. Extensor and flexor tendon injuries in the hand, wrist, and foot. In: Roberts JR, Hedges JR, eds. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 48.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

Toothless Manchester United brushed aside by cruise control Juve at Old Trafford

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementManchester United’s woes carry on into late October with another defeat and this time at the hands of Juventus and Manchester home-boy Cristiano Ronaldo. This defeat at Old Trafford exhibits a stark reminder of how far apart Mourinho’s men are from Europe’s elites at the moment.Wonderkid Paolo Dybala scored a 17th minute tap-in from a low cross by Ronaldo. Although the Italian champions had plenty of chances to increase their lead , they seemed to be content with playing for an 1-0.United looked to be a team without a plan and failed to break down a sturdy defensive partnership of Chiellini and Bonucci. Jose Mourinho utilized the press conference to praise the duo by saying “Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, they could go to Harvard University to give classes about how to be a central defender.“Quality in football is everywhere. When I say quality I don’t just say creative players – Chiellini and Bonucci, it is absolutely beautiful to see.” added Jose.As a result of the abysmal shape of United’s strategy , De Gea had to come alive on multiple occasions to keep the scoreline intact.Ronaldo and Dybala were man-marked but managed to break free very often by interchanging positions between themselves and Juventus had extra man dropping into the zone at every possible opportunity in the form of Cancelo or Sandro.Cristiano Ronaldo once again was on the victorious side at Old Trafford but in a different kit.last_img read more

Uproar in J-K Assembly over issue of indoor sports stadia

first_imgSrinagar, June 9 (PTI) The construction of indoor sports stadia in select constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir today led to an embarrassing situation for the PDP-BJP government as several treasury bench members stormed the Well of the Legislative Assembly with one of them staging a walkout.The issue was raised during the Question Hour by BJP MLA Shakti Raj Parihar who alleged that the government had ignored Doda district while allotting stadiums for different constituencies.Parihar found support from party colleagues Rajiv Jasrotia, R S Pathania and independent MLA from Udhampur Pawan Kumar Gupta, who was a minister in the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led government last year.Replying to the query, Minister of State for Youth Services and Sports Sunil Kumar Sharma said 12 indoor halls have been sanctioned for the state under the Prime Ministers package.”The criteria for selection of the districts has been by and large on the basis of the non-availability of the indoor halls in these areas and the potential to generate sports activities,” Sharma said.Not satisfied with the ministers reply, said directions passed by the Speaker and assurances given to members were not being honoured.”What is the relevance of this House then?” he said.Jasrotia claimed that he was given an assurance that an indoor sports hall will be constructed in his Kathua constituency. He then stormed the Well of the House and sat on a dharna and was joined by Pathania, Dina Nath Bhagat (BJP) and Gupta.As Gupta shouted slogans against the PDP-led government, the opposition members from National Conference and Congress responded to him.advertisement”Yeh inka haal hai, hamara kya haal hoga (This is their (ruling MLAs) fate. What will be our condition)?” senior NC leader Ali Mohammad Sagar said.Vikar Rasool of Congress said the BJP, which used to raise the bogey of discrimination against Jammu, has sold out its agenda for remaining in power.”They (BJP) have been crying discrimination all along. Today, it is their government but what have they done? They sold out everything to remain in power,” Rasool said. More PTI MIJ AAR DV AARlast_img read more

WB to spend Rs 70 crore to improve safety infrastructure in

first_imgschoolsKolkata, Nov 18 (PTI) The West Bengal government will spend Rs 70 crore to improve safety infrastructure in schools, a top official of the School Education department said today.”Developing sound infrastructure in schools with good hygiene and clean environment dominates the state?s agenda,” principal secretary, School Education department, Dushyant Nariala told a gathering of more than 100 school teachers, including 45 principals, at the CII School Excellence Conclave here.Later Nariala told reporters, “A sum of Rs 70 crore has been sanctioned to improve the safety infrastructure in government and government-aided schools all over the state.”Elaborating he said, “the state government is forming safety committees in schools to look into safety issues.”There are altogether 25 safety issues which ranged from healthy food, nutrition, protection from outsiders, stop any use of tobacco and drugs in the campus and safeguard to cyber threats,” he said.The government is also committed to end the practice of bullying by a section of students, he asserted.On the digital initiative of the state, Nariala said, “the government has developed 4,000 e-classrooms in 2000 secondary schools.”Under the government?s ICT (Information and Communication Technology) programme, 3,915 secondary schools have been provided 39,300 computers in the past five years,? he said.Nariala said in the changing technology-driven times, it is imperative to focus on building schools which can adopt to the change in teaching methods.”Technology should have a greater presence in future schools,? he said.He said “greater emphasis should be laid on multi-disciplinary learning and have individual plans for students. The system should involve studies in sports, art and extra-curricular activities.”advertisementThe School Excellence Conclave was a forum where important personalities from school education joined industry members and other stakeholders to discuss how a robust system can be built to enable school children enter the professional world ? be it jobs or entrepreneurship, Chairman, Education Subcommittee, CII, East, Kaushik Bhattacharya said. PTI SUS RGlast_img read more

Expatriates Express their Love for the “Greek Freak” in Los Angeles (Vid & Pics)

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Dozens of Greek-American fans were on hand at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to greet the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo.Antetokounmpo was the subject of a segment on “60 Minutes” on Sunday. Interviewer Steve Kroft traveled to Greece to visit the gym where Antetokounmpo and his brother honed their basketball skills and explained how his parents emigrated from Nigeria.“I loved it. It talked about me, talked about my family,” Antetokounmpo said. “It talked about where I came from and the most important thing, it talked about how someone’s got to work to succeed in life.”THE GAMEThe Clippers came out attacking, moving the ball and hitting 3-pointers to start the game. Then they got stagnant.It nearly cost them.They blew a 16-point, first-half lead and rallied from five down on a slew of 3s in the fourth to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-98 on Tuesday night and boost their playoff hopes.Tobias Harris scored 19 points, DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 16 rebounds, and Lou Williams added 16 points off the bench.The Clippers hit six 3-pointers in the fourth, when they launched a 13-0 run to go back in front 96-88.They made 3-pointers on four straight possessions — by four different players — for a 105-96 lead.“Those really hurt,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said.Los Angeles trails Minnesota by 1 ½ games for the eighth and final Western Conference berth with eight games to play.“We’re focused right now as much as I’ve ever seen,” said Austin Rivers, who scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth. “We look at each game like it’s the last game. We don’t have too much room for error.”Milos Teodosic got their 3-point run going in the first quarter, when he made four of the Clippers’ seven 3-pointers. He left the game just before halftime after tweaking his left foot, which has been bothered by plantar fasciitis this season.“I know he was kicking (expletive),” Jordan said.Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points and Khris Middleton added 22 for the Bucks, who opened a four-game Western Conference swing by having their two-game winning streak snapped.The Clippers came out strongly to start the second quarter, extending their lead to 16 on a dunk by Williams.But Middleton and the Bucks chipped away, outscoring the Clippers 26-15 in the third and getting stops on defense. Antetokounmpo had 10 points to help send Milwaukee into the fourth leading 82-78.“We just played defense,” he said. “When we are able to do that we’re really good.”The Bucks ended the third on a 9-0 run, including back-to-back baskets by Tyler Zeller that gave them their first lead since the initial basket of the game.Greek-Americans Welcome Giannis the “Greek Freak” in Los Angeles Game vs Clippers. (Photo by TNH staff)TIP-INBucks: Backup C Thon Maker sat out with a right groin strain. … Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers attended.Clippers: They have won five of seven against the Bucks, including 127-120 last week. … F Danilo Gallinari (right hand contusion, non-displaced fracture) could return Friday at Portland or Sunday against Indiana. He’s missed 17 games with the latest in a string of injuries this season.HE SAID IT“When you have a nickname and Freak is at the end of it, you’re probably pretty good.” — Doc Rivers on Antetokounmpo.UP NEXTBucks: Visit Golden State on Thursday. They lost to the Warriors 108-94 at home on Jan. 12.Clippers: Visit Phoenix on Wednesday in the second game of a back-to-back, their last one of the season. They are 3-7 on the road in the second game.—By BETH HARRIS , AP Sports WriterGreek-Americans Welcome Giannis the “Greek Freak” in Los Angeles Game vs Clippers. (Photo by TNH staff)Greek-Americans Welcome Giannis the “Greek Freak” in Los Angeles Game vs Clippers. (Photo by TNH staff)Greek-Americans Welcome Giannis the “Greek Freak” in Los Angeles Game vs Clippers. (Photo by TNH staff)Greek-Americans Welcome Giannis the “Greek Freak” in Los Angeles Game vs Clippers. (Photo by TNH staff)Greek-Americans Welcome Giannis the “Greek Freak” in Los Angeles Game vs Clippers. (Photo by TNH staff)Greek-Americans Welcome Giannis the “Greek Freak” in Los Angeles Game vs Clippers. (Photo by TNH staff)Greek-Americans Welcome Giannis the “Greek Freak” in Los Angeles Game vs Clippers. (Photo by TNH staff)Greek-Americans Welcome Giannis the “Greek Freak” in Los Angeles Game vs Clippers. (Photo by TNH staff)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Watch: New Zealand shock Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and then do the Bhangra

first_imgNew Zealand defended 176 to emerge unlikely winners against Pakistan in the opening Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday.It was celebration time in the New Zealand dressing room after the visitors snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, thanks to debutant spinner Ajaz Patel’s five-wicket haul in the second innings.With three Indian-born players in the side — Patel, Jeet Raval and Ish Sodhi, the famous ‘Bhangra’ was bound to take place during the celebration party.In a video that has gone viral, two New Zealand players can be seen dancing to superhit pop number “Mundian To Bach Ke” in the dressing room after their narrow 4-run win over Pakistan.New Zealand players celebrating the win in Abu Dhabi with a bit of bhangra #PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/UJNN0FRnH7Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) November 19, 2018Patel claimed five wickets as New Zealand registered a dramatic win on the fourth day of the Test at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Pakistan resumed the day on 37 for no loss, needing 139 runs for a victory to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, but suffered two separate batting collapses that resulted in a tense finish.Abu Dhabi Test: Match ReportPakistan were eventually dismissed for 171 in 58.4 overs as the visitors wrapped up the fifth-smallest win by runs in Test history.”We knew the surface wasn’t an easy one. There was turn from day one and all the spinners bowled well,” New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said.”It’s a great advertisement for Test cricket. In the end, it came down to the wire. We’ll sit down and review our performance and the things to improve upon. The attitude, certainly today and throughout the game, was brilliant.”advertisementPakistan vs Australia 1st Test Highlights | ScorecardAzhar Ali (65), who stitched together an 82-run stand with Asad Shafiq (45) to keep Pakistan’s hopes alive, was the last batsman to fall when he was trapped in front of the wicket by Patel who finished with 5/59.”It’s a dream come true. We know Pakistan have got good players of spin, but we kept chipping in there,” left-armer Patel said.Earlier, Patel dismissed opener Imam-ul-Haq leg-before and spin partner Ish Sodhi struck twice to remove Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail as Pakistan lost three batsmen in eight balls to find themselves in trouble at 48/3.Shafiq edged pace bowler Neil Wagner to wicketkeeper BJ Watling before lunch and Babar Azam was run out after the break. Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was then caught behind off Patel for three with his team down 154/6 and needing 22 runs to win.Bilal Asif was bowled for a duck as he attempted to slog Patel and Wagner had Yasir Shah caught at slip. Hasan Ali was the next to go, offering a simple catch to substitute fielder Tim Southee off Patel.Azhar played more cautiously as the wickets continued to tumble, but despite the 33-year-old’s battling effort, Pakistan could not avoid defeat.The second Test will be played in Dubai from Nov. 24-28 before the teams return to Abu Dhabi for the final Test from Dec. 3-7.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Worn Out Wednesday – Need’s Matt Alexander

first_imgToday we speak to the Founder and CEO of NEED, Matt Alexander: I was born and raised in London, England to an American mother and English father.They were (and still are) spectacularly inept with technology, so I grew up mostly without computers, video games, and television until I was about 10 or 11.Within a few months of receiving our first computer, I was already dabbling with building websites and trying new ideas online.All of these ideas and experiments were universally awful until I started a small website — what you’d call a blog now — devoted to independent technology and development.I wrote the site under a pseudonym and, after a year or two, it grew to have a readership of over 1.5 million people per month, whilst also sustaining a small editorial staff.I shut it down rather unceremoniously in my mid-teens and, after finishing up my exams, moved to Dallas, Texas for university. I’d grown tired of living in the same area with the same friends and yearned for a challenge. (With no disrespect to those friends or the area. They’re still very important to me!)After university, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with myself. I had a degree in English Literature, but didn’t want to study law.So, I went to work at Southwest Airlines. And, whilst there, grew tired of being stigmatized for being a student of English Literature.I decided to write my way into relevancy and started the spiritual successor to the site I’d run when I was younger. Within a year I had amassed a growing audience, launched a podcast, and left my corporate job to help others fulfill their ideas and raise capital.Soon thereafter, I had an idea of my own and raised initial capital to build Need, a curated retailer for men.Since then, we’ve amassed almost 500,000 members at Need, whilst raising roughly $1.3 million in investment capital.We’ve also launched Foremost, our own line of affordable, American-made clothing for men and women.Both have been listed in the top e-commerce services online, whilst they’ve also been recognized for the contributions to media as publications (Need) and media outlets (Foremost).Outside of these two companies, I serve on a few boards and have co-founded a communal pop-up experiment called Unbranded, which provides free retail and event-space for young designers and artists during the holiday season.As for my personal style:Jeans: Nudie Grim Tim in raw indigo.Shirts: I’ve started to wear a lot of Taylor Stitch shirts. They’re comfortable and extremely well made.Pants: If you count joggers, I wear ZANEROBE’s Sureshots (in mid-blue) a lot. If you don’t, I don’t wear anything non-denim much, aside from when I’m wearing a suit.Suits: I have several custom suits and tuxedos from André Phillipe, a phenomenal local clothier.Shoes: Depending on the day, I’m in some minimal Nikes (Roche One), Grenson Stanley brogues, or Nisolo chukkas. Accessories: On my wrist, I wear an Apple Watch. On my head, I alternate between beanies, snapbacks, and, more recently, a Buck Mason x Stetson or Yellow 108 Luke hat.Outerwear: I have a Filson Weekender jacket which I wear religiously, from our first Need collection , a grey wool jacket from the Jiberish x Woolrich capsule, and the Realm & Empire Artisan jacket from Need.Favorite Cologne: Chanel Allure Sport.Your favorite App: Slack. Or Fantastical. Or Mailbox/Outlook. Or Overcast. (I have a lot of favorite apps.) Favorite piece of technology: I recently bought the iPhone 6s Plus. I was concerned it’d be enormous, but it’s ended up being perfect. The battery life is longer than you’d expect and the larger screen is beautiful. Next tech purchase: I’m tempted by an iPad Pro for travel. I have one of the new 12-inch MacBooks, but it feels underpowered compared to my Mac. I think the iPad Pro might finally be enough for a work laptop for me. NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Pilot for NIDS in January 2019

first_img The NIDS, which is being facilitated under the National Identification and Registration Bill, will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans. Story Highlights Roll-out of the National Identification System (NIDS) is slated to begin with a pilot project in January 2019, focusing on civil servants. Explaining how enrolment in the system will work, Programme Director for NIDS, Warren Vernon, said persons, as prescribed by law, will be required to give their full name, date of birth and biometric information, which includes fingerprints, facial image and a manual signature. Roll-out of the National Identification System (NIDS) is slated to begin with a pilot project in January 2019, focusing on civil servants.This was disclosed by Acting Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, who noted that it is a deliberate move to use this wide cross section of individuals who would provide “a good feel of how to enrol people islandwide”.“Public-sector employees are also a good reflection of our communities… so we felt it was a (suitable strategy to work with this cohort for the pilot),” Mrs. Lynch-Stewart said during a press conference at Jamaica House on Tuesday (November 14).The NIDS, which is being facilitated under the National Identification and Registration Bill, will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans.Under the system, each citizen will be provided with a randomised nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN), which they will have for life.Explaining how enrolment in the system will work, Programme Director for NIDS, Warren Vernon, said persons, as prescribed by law, will be required to give their full name, date of birth and biometric information, which includes fingerprints, facial image and a manual signature.“Upon registration at the registration centre, you will go through a very rigorous assessment or verification process to ensure that the data is… clean and that the content of what we are recording is, in fact, unique to that individual,” he said.The National Identification and Registration Bill was passed in the Senate on Monday (November 13) with 168 amendments, and was returned to the House of Representatives today (November 14) for approval.With anticipated funding of US$68 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government intends to put the NIDS infrastructure and systems in place over the next 12 months, beginning with the pilot project.This is expected to be followed by the national roll-out in September 2019, over a period of three to four years.The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and provide more enhanced services.last_img read more

New Firearms Safety Training Partner Secured

first_imgPeople who want to hunt can soon register for courses to help keep themselves and others safe in the woods. Hnatiuk’s Hunting and Fishing Ltd., a hunting and fishing outfitter in Lantz, Hants Co., will co-ordinate firearms safety training and hunter education courses for about 6,000 Nova Scotians each year. Courses will be available this spring. “Firearms safety training is an important part of making our communities safer,” said Ross Landry, Minister of Justice. “Nova Scotians rely on these programs to ensure they are fully trained to safely own, use and store a firearm.” Anyone who wants to own a firearm or take the Nova Scotia Hunter Education course must first pass safety training. Hnatiuk’s will work with local instructors to set up these safety courses in locations across Nova Scotia and at a new training centre in Shubenacadie. Online registration is available to make the process easier and more efficient. “I like the fact that the Canadian Firearms and hunter education courses are being delivered by one organization and you can register for both at the same site,” said Bill Boutilier, president of The Big Game Society of Nova Scotia. “I’m confident Hnatiuk’s will do a good job.” The delivery of firearms safety courses is part of the Provincial Firearms Safety program and is funded by the federal government. The contract to offer the firearms safety and hunter education courses was put to tender earlier this year. The courses were previously offered by two different providers. The fees will remain the same. “Hnatiuk’s Hunting and Fishing Ltd. has been supplying Nova Scotians with quality hunting and fishing equipment for seven years. We’re pleased to be chosen to deliver these very important safety courses,” said owner Jim Hnatiuk. “We’re working hard to ensure the courses are available to the public as soon as possible and look forward to providing this training.” To register for firearms safety and hunter education training, visit www.hmcgroup.ca/education/. For more information about the courses e-mail Amy Cooke, Hnatiuk’s training co-ordinator, at hnatiukstrainingcenter@gmail.com.last_img read more

Zimmer hopes to hear from Ethics Commissioner on Wednesday at Ethics Committee

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Ethics Committee Chair, Local MP Bob Zimmer, has called an emergency meeting of the Parliamentary Ethics Committee for this Wednesday on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s SNC-Lavalin affair.According to Zimmer, the meeting has been called under two motions, by Conservative and NDP MPs, to hear from the Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, about his report on Trudeau’s SNC-Lavalin affair.The Ethics Commissioner appearing before the Committee is pending on the Committee’s decision; a committee which is heavily weighted by the Liberals. Zimmer says he believes Canadians are interested in hearing more details about the affair and that there are a number of details that he feels Canadians are not aware of within the report.“I think what most Canadians are curious to hear is a bit more of the details about the SNC affair and there are quite a few details in the Commissioner’s report that I don’t think have heard. We’ve heard about some big topical areas, about the corruption or the alleged pressure that was put on Jody Wilson-Raybould and those kinds of things but there’s a lot more there that will be talked about on Wednesday.”Zimmer says he will see where it goes and hopes that they will hear from the Commissioner at the meeting on Wednesday.last_img read more

Local ingenuity drives economic recovery in postconflict nations – UN report

22 October 2008Efforts to promote economic recovery in countries ravaged by war will not succeed, unless they are based on a sound understanding of local dynamics and are led by local actors, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Efforts to promote economic recovery in countries ravaged by war will not succeed, unless they are based on a sound understanding of local dynamics and are led by local actors, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).“Post-Conflict Economic Recovery: Enabling Local Ingenuity” focuses on three critical factors – the importance of local ingenuity to guide recovery, the state’s role in promoting this ingenuity, and the policies needed to rebuild war-torn economies and reduce the risk of sliding back into conflict.“At the end of the day, recovery has to domestically driven,” UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis told a news conference in New York, as he launched the report.The report states that local actors are the best placed and have the strongest incentive to rehabilitate themselves after war. “Post-conflict recovery policies that harness and build on these local activities are more likely to be successful and self-sustaining than those that offer an imported solution.“International development assistance must therefore be designed to support and complement ongoing indigenous efforts, as well as to lay the foundation for further locally grown initiatives,” the report adds.Some of the major challenges in the period following the cessation of hostilities include reconstructing social and economic infrastructures, generating employment and livelihoods, reintegrating ex-combatants, reconstituting institutions and social capital, and mobilizing financing for recovery.“The challenges are huge. We don’t have all the answers. But I think the report points to some key factors while being careful to underline that one size does not fit all,” said Mr. Dervis. The report highlights examples of success, such as Mozambique, a country that has sustained “remarkable” rates of economic growth in the 15 years since hostilities ceased, he noted. At the same time, there are also examples of countries that have been “trapped into long-term, post-conflict, low-growth situations,” he added.In the latter group is Afghanistan, which, after a quarter of a century of protracted conflict, stands as one of the most impoverished, conflict-prone States in the world, and ranks near the bottom of all human development indicators.Mr. Dervis noted that sustained external support is also necessary, but stressed that such support should focus the main points outlined in the report. It is very important that external support does not create “a long-term dependency on aid processes and international mechanisms that do not support the domestic dynamics.”Kathleen Cravero, Assistant Administrator and Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, highlighted four specific recommendations in the report relating to the involvement of women in post-conflict economic recovery. First, the end of a conflict can offer a very important window of opportunity to redress pre-war inequities, including gender discrimination. “It is a time when we can build back better,” she stated, noting that for example, the property rights of women can and have been advanced in a number of recovery processes.Secondly, women can and should be drivers of their own recovery. “Time after time women have proven their resilience and resolve in war-torn environments, forming collectives that tackle everything from family reunification to micro-credit associations.“These informal groups provide essential services that their governments have ceased to deliver and they build trust within and among communities. It’s a powerful step in the peacebuilding process.”Thirdly, issues that affect women must be integrated in all post-conflict policies and programmes. “Ensuring that girls and women have equal access to employment opportunities, education, health and finance is not only a moral imperative, it makes good economic sense,” Ms. Cravero stressed. Finally, women should be afforded equal participation in peace processes, she stated, noting that of the 12 peace agreements that have been reached between 1991 and 2001, only four – El Salvador, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Timor-Leste – have included a provision directly related to women. “Our experience on the ground confirms that women need to be seen as problem-solvers and decision-makers in achieving both economic recovery and lasting peace.” read more

Film tax credits new media outlets help revive entertainment economy in Los

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Legislation signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown last year that offered more generous state tax incentives for film and TV production is being credited for a spike in the number of location shoots across Los Angeles.The local industry is also getting a boost from Hollywood newcomers including Amazon, Netflix and Hulu as they increasingly produce original programming, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday (http://lat.ms/1KQuV5u )There were 2,057 shooting days for scripted television shows filmed on location in the Los Angeles region for the three months that ended Sept. 30. That’s a 54 per cent increase from the same period last year, the newspaper said, citing data from industry tracker Film LA.The law signed by Brown in Sept. 2014 more than tripled California’s tax credit to $330 million a year for films and TV shows produced in California.Behind-the-scenes businesses like caterers, lumberyards and equipment vendors say they are hiring more workers, expanding offices and buying new equipment in response to the uptick in local production. Unions representing crew members say they are operating at or near full employment and are adding new members to meet the demand, according to the Times.“We’ve never been this busy in California in the 17 years since we opened,” said Robert Lamkin, whose Chef Robert catering company services film and TV sets.Seven of his eight food trucks are working out of Los Angeles. That’s a big switch from a few years ago, when the majority of Lamkin’s fleet was in Detroit, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans and other cities where production crews had moved to take advantage of tax breaks.A revival of these small businesses is a positive sign for LA’s overall economy. The entertainment industry employs about 250,000 people and contributes nearly $60 billion in goods and services annually, or roughly 10 per cent of the county’s gross product, said Robert Kleinhenz, chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.“This is an industry that increases the size of the economic pie here in the region, so to have more activity come back to Los Angeles will have a ripple effect on businesses large and small,” he told the Times.___Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/ by The Associated Press Posted Nov 1, 2015 11:03 am MDT Last Updated Nov 1, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Film tax credits, new media outlets help revive entertainment economy in Los Angeles read more

Futuristic selfdriving cars being tested on California roads have needed oldfashioned human

FILE – This May 13, 2015, file photo shows the front of Google’s new self-driving prototype car during a demonstration at Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. The self-driving cars needed some old-fashioned human intervention to avoid some crashes during testing on California roads, the company revealed Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, results it says are encouraging but show the technology has yet to reach the goal of not needing someone behind the wheel. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Futuristic self-driving cars travelling along California roads have needed plenty of old-fashioned human intervention to stay safe.California’s Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday released reports filed by seven companies the agency gave permission to test prototype vehicles in public. The documents summarized instances in which a human driver had to take over due to technology problems or other safety concerns.The reports show wildly different levels of success since on-road testing started in September 2014.Experts in the technology said Google, whose cars drove the most by far, performed relatively well, though they also cautioned that the testing typically happened during good weather. Other companies reported frequent instances in which the person who is required to be in the front seat — just in case — had to grab the wheel.Nissan, for example, tested just 1,485 miles in public, but reported 106 cases where the driver had to take control. The automaker has said it plans to have “commercially viable autonomous drive vehicles” by 2020. A spokeswoman did not return a request for comment.Google said its cars needed human help 341 times over 424,000 miles. That would be the equivalent of about 10 times per year, given the 12,000 miles the average U.S. vehicle travels annually.In 11 of the 341 instances, Google said its cars would have gotten in a crash.The head of the company’s self-driving car project said that while the results are encouraging, they also show the technology has yet to reach his goal of not needing someone behind the wheel.“There’s none where it was like, ‘Holy cow, we just avoided a big wreck,’” said Chris Urmson, Google’s self-driving car project leader.“We’re seeing lots of improvement. But it’s not quite ready yet,” Urmson said. “That’s exactly why we test our vehicles with a steering wheel and pedals.”The California Department of Motor Vehicles, which is writing new regulations for the technology, said it was still reviewing in the reports.Google reported 272 cases in which the cars’ software or onboard sensors failed. Though Google did not release detailed scenarios, the problems included issues with the self-driving cars seeing traffic lights, yielding to pedestrians or committing traffic violations. There were also cases where intervention was needed because other drivers were reckless, and several dozen instances of an “unwanted manoeuvr” by Google’s car.Bryant Walker Smith, a professor at the University of South Carolina who closely follows self-driving car developments, said Google’s rate of potential collisions was “not terribly high, but certainly not trivial.” He said it remains difficult to gauge how self-driving cars compare to accident rates among human drivers, since even the best data underreport minor collisions that are never reported to authorities.While Google’s problem rate is “impressively low,” a trained safety driver should remain in the front seat, said Raj Rajkumar, an engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University who specializes in self-driving cars.According to data in Google’s report, a driver typically took control within one second of the car asking for help.Drivers at other companies often reacted quickly as well, according to their reports, though Volkswagen Group of America reported that, in one case, it was more than 12 minutes before the person took control. A company spokesman did not have immediate comment.John Simpson, a frequent critic of Google who focuses on privacy issues for the non-profit group Consumer Watchdog, said the company’s report “underscores the need for a driver behind the steering wheel capable of taking control of the robot car.”Google has argued to California regulators that once the company concludes the cars are ready for the public to use, they should not need a steering wheel or pedals because human intervention would actually make them less safe.Google released its report Tuesday before the agency posted reports from other companies in what Google described as an effort to be transparent about its safety record. The company had lobbied against having to report disengagements in the first place, saying the data could be misinterpreted.The other companies testing self-driving cars on California streets are Tesla Motors, Mercedes-Benz, and parts suppliers Bosch and Delphi.Google’s testing mostly involves driving around the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters or the streets of Austin, Texas. The company’s rate of human intervention has improved in recent months, according to its data, but Urmson cautioned that the rate might again rise as Google subjects the cars to more challenging environments and weather conditions.Google said its cars would have been responsible in eight of the 11 avoided accidents, according to computer modeling the company performed later. In two other cases, its cars would have hit a traffic cone.Google cars have been involved in nine collisions since September 2014. In each case, the other car was responsible, according to an analysis by researchers at Virginia Tech University.___Contact Justin Pritchard at http://twitter.com/lalanewsman .___Online:Read the reports: http://tinyurl.com/jcvjwg4 by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press Posted Jan 12, 2016 8:24 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2016 at 9:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Futuristic self-driving cars being tested on California roads have needed old-fashioned human intervention read more

Winchester public schoolboy hurled Molotov cocktails on to the M3 carriageway

first_imgA former Winchester College pupil brought a motorway to a 12-hour standstill after he threw a “Molotov cocktail” on to the carriageway, a court heard.Nicholas Elger, 17, threw incendiary devices on to the M3, near Winchester, Hampshire, on two separate occasions, causing a full closure of the road for most of Saturday, Sept 23, last year. It is estimated that the damage to the local economy was £40 million.The former boarding pupil at £38,000-a-year Winchester College, one of the country’s oldest public schools, shoplifted the ingredients for his “Molotov cocktail” and a second petrol bomb on two different occasions from a Tesco supermarket in the Hampshire city.He then used the ingredients to create the incendiary devices, which he threw on to the motorway on Sept 16 and then Sept 23 last year.Winchester Crown Court heard Elger wanted to kill somebody during the second homemade bomb attack.The court was told that a lorry driver saw a flaming device fall in front of him and was able to pull over on to the hard shoulder during the first incident.In the second incident, a motorist said the “carriageway was ablaze with flames around the size of a person” and lasted for about 30 seconds. She was able to stop 200ft (60m) from the fire and used her vehicle to block two lanes. However, a lorry using the third lane continued driving and reignited the flames. The motorway was then closed “for a lengthy period”. Cars were stranded in traffic for several hoursCredit:Jonathon Marks/Twitter/PA Rob Welling, prosecuting said: “Both [incendiary devices] were done in different ways. Why he changed his methods is because he was not satisfied with what took place on the first occasion.” He added: “He does not regret the incident – he does regret not doing them differently and successfully and killing someone.”Elger, of Winchester, also blackmailed the headmaster of Winchester College in June last year, on both occasions demanding 10 Bitcoin, worth around £20,000. He had been stealing from the school before blackmailing college officials, demanding payment for the burglaries to stop.Robert Morris, defending, said: “These offences coincided with problems in the family home. Those problems, though significant, cannot possibly explain the change from a kind pleasant boy to suddenly change into this awful risk taking [person] without thoughts of the consequences of his actions. He has been expelled … he has lost his friends and lost the opportunity to go to a top university which he was on course to do.”Psychiatrists believe he might be suffering from a personality disorder or a psychotic illness.Judge Keith Cutler, who removed reporting restrictions which had protected Elger’s identity, imposed an interim hospital order meaning Elger can continue his psychiatric treatment.He will be sentenced on May 18 and the hospital order reviewed.Elger admitted two charges of arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered and a further 12 charges including eight counts of burglary, two of blackmail with menaces, and two for theft.center_img Cars were stranded in traffic for several hours Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

The number of houses granted planning permission will probably surprise you

first_imgPLANNING PERMISSION WAS granted for 1,604 houses and apartments in the first three months of the year – a decrease of 704 on the same period last year.This represents a 30.5% drop on January-March 2013, when 2,308 dwellings were granted permission.Permission was granted for 1,446 houses in the first quarter of 2014, compared to 1,860 in the first quarter of 2013, a decrease of 22.3%.Planning permissions for apartments fared even worse. Some 158 applications were granted nationally, compared with 448 units in January – March 2013, a decrease of 64.7%.Figures released from the Central Statistics Office today also show that 386 new units were approved in Dublin (244 in the city), with just 26 given the green light in Cork city and 16 in Galway city.One-off houses accounted for almost half (48.3%) of all new dwelling units granted permission.Burst bubbleThe total number of planning permissions granted for all developments (including extensions and alterations) in the first quarter was 3,833. This figure is up from 3,275 in the first quarter of 2013, an increase of 17%.In the same period in 2007 this figure stood at 62,367. Source: Central Statistics OfficeThe total floor area planned in the successful applications was 744,000 square meters. Of this, 45% was for new dwellings, 30.8% for other new construction and 24.2% for extensions. The total floor area planned decreased by 20% in comparison with the same quarter in 2013. Planning permissions for new buildings for agricultural purposes decreased from 157 in the first quarter of 2013 to 93 in the same period this year.Read: Planning permission granted for Cork GAA’s €70m redevelopment of Páirc Uí ChaoimhRead: Eircom to remove 20 ‘hazardous micro pillars’ in Dublinlast_img read more