Using Practical Lights to Convey Mood

first_imgHere are a few tips and tricks for using practical lighting to establish mood and set the tone for your next shoot.Top image via Netflix.Choosing the right lights for your shoot can be difficult. You have to consider the space you’ve chosen to shoot in, the size of your crew, and the budget you’re working with. While there are a million different ways to properly expose your image and light your subjects, there are a few helpful tricks that can up the value of your shot while saving time and money. A recent trend among filmmakers and DPs in television and movies has been to employ camera lights that serve the story while also aesthetically lighting the actors.Mixing ColorsImage via Netflix.One of the most recent examples of this technique comes from the popular Netflix series, Master of None. In the last episode of season two, the two central characters find themselves isolated inside an apartment as the tension builds in a classic “will they or won’t they” fashion. The lighting for this scene involves simple blue and red light bulbs on opposite ends of the frame. This might seem like an obvious choice for representing passion and loneliness, but the lights are also backlighting the subject, almost creating a vignette, while composing one of the most romantic and memorable shots in recent memory.There are a few things to consider before choosing the color and type of light to use on the subjects on camera. You need to complement your actors’ skin tones and wardrobe with the appropriate lighting. Colorists can grade a project to a certain extent, but when it comes to complementary lighting on set, the results will speak for themselves. Just know that blue and orange, red and green, red and blue, and blue and yellow all complement each other, making your subjects pop.One of the best-known DPs who adheres to this method is Benoit Debie, who has often used two opposing colored lights or practicals to light his actors on camera. His work often consists of heavy neon usage, so if you’re curious about mixing crazy colors in your shot, check out some of his work.Using Neon LightsImage via A24.A director who keeps coming back to using neon is Nicolas Winding Refn. The majority of his movies take place in the dark underbelly of society, whether that includes cannibalistic supermodels or underground boxing rings. These themes rely on practical neon lights to set the tone. Neon lights are a cheap and visually appealing solution in these situations. Consider location too when you’re scouting for your production; you can’t put a price on a lighting setup already waiting for you on set.Image via Radius TWC.One of the masters of on-set practicals was Stanley Kubrick. Whether it was lighting characters with candles, christmas lights, or single-source lamps, the man was a master of setting ominous tones through lighting.The recent John Wick films also make excellent use of creative lighting by employing practical neon (and LED) lighting and lens flares. Given the subject matter is usually very dark and intense, this decision to feature reds, blues, purples, and white lights makes for some pretty outstanding shots.Image via Lionsgate.Practical LightingFor a more in-depth look at practical lighting in general, Ugly McGregor dives into how to light an interior night scene with only lamps and candles in this quick video tutorial.Practical lights can serve as purely aesthetic choices. If you decide to make use of practical colored lights for your next shoot, think about the colors, the emotion the scene calls for, and how the colors can complement the mood you want.Have you used practical lights in the past? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

NIH makes $32 million in awards to mine big data

first_imgHoping to tame the torrent of data churning out of biology labs, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced $32 million in awards in 2014 to help researchers develop ways to analyze and use large biological data sets.The awards come out of NIH’s Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, announced last year after NIH concluded it needed to invest more in efforts to use the growing number of data sets—from genomics, proteins, and imaging to patient records—that biomedical researchers are amassing. For example, in one such “dry biology” project, researchers mixed public data on gene expression in cells and patients with diseases to predict new uses for existing drugs.The BD2K awards “will help us overcome the obstacles to maximizing the utility of the mammoth data sets that are emerging at an accelerated pace,” said NIH Director Francis Collins in a call today with reporters. 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Another center award will support a global brain data-collection effort called ENIGMA, which aims to unearth the genetic roots of psychiatric disorders.One of ENIGMA’s aims is to allow neuroscientists and geneticists to pool hundreds of thousands of DNA samples in the hope of finding genetic variants underlying diseases such as major depressive disorder. Smaller studies have failed to turn up anything of statistical significance for this disorder, perhaps because many different genes contribute minute effects to depression risk that have previously been too small to detect, says Paul Thompson, a neuroscientist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He will lead the ENIGMA Center for Worldwide Medicine, Imaging and Genomics.Neuroimaging studies have also long struggled with insufficient data, says Hugh Garavan, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Vermont in Burlington who recently joined ENIGMA. Roughly “95% of all imaging studies have maybe 20 participants per group,” largely because of the cost of brain scans, which can run roughly $500 to $600 per person, he says. Garavan’s group plans to use the pooled data to explore the genetics and neurobiology of addiction, he says.ENIGMA may also help scientists study differences in the thickness of the human cortex, the wrinkly layer of tissue that lies on the brain’s surface and performs most of our higher-level thinking. Normally, it takes at least 24 hours to extract information about the cortex’s thickness from an MRI scan—one must digitally strip off the skull, separate the white matter from the gray matter, and delete the cerebrospinal fluid. Access to supercomputer clusters will allow neuroscientists to process much more quickly that type of data set for hundreds of thousands of patients, he says.Although bigger data sets do raise a risk of getting more false positive results and missing rare variants, overall the data-pooling strategy “makes perfect sense,” says psychiatrist Jack McClellan of Seattle Children’s Hospital in Washington, who is not involved in the ENIGMA project.The BD2K program will also fund a “data discovery” coordinating center at the University of California, San Diego, that will work with projects at eight other institutions to find ways to make it easier for researchers to find and use data sets. Right now, “you can’t Google scientific data very successfully,” says Philip Bourne, who this past January became the first NIH associate director for data science.Finally, a set of training awards will support courses and the work of young scientists working on big data projects.NIH expects to commit a total of $656 million by 2020 to the BD2K initiative.last_img read more

Poulsen beauty gives Denmark win

first_imgDenmark 2 Mexico 0: Poulsen beauty awakes goal-shy attack Ben Spratt 04:26 6/10/18 YussufPoulsen - cropped Getty Images Denmark are heading into the World Cup on a high after their difficulties in front of goal were ended by Yussuf Poulsen against Mexico. Yussuf Poulsen’s stunning strike awoke Denmark’s goal-shy attack from its slumber to inspire a 2-0 defeat of Mexico in their final World Cup warm-up match.Denmark struggled to find the net after thrashing Republic of Ireland 5-1 in the qualifying play-offs and looked set for a third consecutive goalless draw in Brondby.But after toiling in front of goal, Poulsen bent a glorious 71st-minute effort into the top-left corner to lift the mood, before Christian Eriksen netted a quickfire second. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The result will be a boost for Denmark ahead of their World Cup opener against Peru next Saturday, while Mexico face the even more daunting task of defending champions Germany the day after.#DENvMEX | FT | We suffered a defeat against Denmark.#NadaNosDetiene— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) June 9, 2018Denmark started brightly and Nicolai Jorgensen glanced an early header wide before seeing a close-range effort blocked by Guillermo Ochoa, who soon denied new Borussia Dortmund signing Thomas Delaney.However, Mexico, led by the dazzling Jesus Manuel Corona on the left, built some momentum and tested Kasper Schmeichel through Hector Herrera’s strike.Schmeichel saved again when Oribe Peralta volleyed on target, but Denmark regained a measure of control with the impactful half-time introductions of Martin Braithwaite and Kasper Dolberg.Braithwaite centred for his fellow substitute to stab wide, before twice failing to beat Ochoa from a tight angle on the left.It looked like Denmark would be frustrated once again until Poulsen cut inside from the left and lifted a gorgeous curler over Ochoa and into the net.That was the lift the home side needed, with Eriksen bursting through on the right three minutes later to hammer a low finish past the goalkeeper and seal a fine win. read morelast_img read more

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ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Is A “Huge Fan” Of This Quarterback Now

first_imgKirk Herbstreit On College Football's Most "Intimidating" StadiumESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit got a first-hand look at Texas A&M’s program under Jimbo Fisher on Saturday night. He was impressed.The Aggies, who hosted No. 2 Clemson at Kyle Field, came really close to pulling off the upset. Texas A&M ended up losing by 2 points, unable to convert a 2-point try late in the game.Still, it was an encouraging showing for a program with a new head coach. The future could be bright in College Station.Herbstreit thinks so, anyway.The ESPN college football analyst said after the game that he’s now a “huge fan” of Texas A&M’s quarterback, Kellen Mond.“Put me down as a huge fan of Kellen Mond in Jimbo Fishers offense. Man, he (and his young WR’s) are gonna be tough to stop in this scheme. Jimbo is building a mentally tough culture at @AggieFootball as well. Gained a lot of respect for Aggies tonight. Play Bama in a couple weeks,” he tweeted.Put me down as a huge fan of Kellen Mond in Jimbo Fishers offense. Man, he (and his young WR’s) are gonna be tough to stop in this scheme. Jimbo is building a mentally tough culture at @AggieFootball as well. Gained a lot of respect for Aggies tonight. Play Bama in a couple weeks— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 9, 2018Mond threw for 430 yards and 3 touchdowns in the loss to Clemson on Saturday night.Texas A&M is set to travel to No. 1 Alabama in two weeks. That should be a fun one.last_img read more

Skaugen Exits Lightering Scene

first_imgzoom Oslo-headquartered gas carrier owner and operator I.M. Skaugen has agreed to sell all of its 50% economic interests in its lightering joint venture SPT to Teekay Shipping Corporation.Following the transaction, Teekay will have a 100% control of STP.Skaugen will also by this series of transactions acquire the right to purchase two Multigas type gas carriers of 12,000 cbm, built in 2011 and currently on a lease to Skaugen from Teekay LNG Partners LP.The transactions are expected to be closed by July 31, 2015.Skaugen believes that the divestment of its share in the SPT activities will improve the group’s balance sheet and working capital position, and enable the company to better execute on its LNG strategy.Skaugen’s plan is to focus on its core business activity; to provide logistics solutions for seaborne regional distribution of liquefied gasses such as LNG, ethane, petrochemical gases as well as LPG.last_img read more

A unique fashion show

first_imgA fashion show on hospitality industry was organised on August 9, 2019, at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida. In the show, models showcased different hospitality industry related dresses to be used by hotels. The categories were chef uniforms, receptionist, house keeping, security, to name a few. The highlight of the show was uniform of stewards and bar tenders. The event was held as part of second edition of IHE’19, in which master chefs from across the world are hosting culinary classes. The 4-day expo has received phenomenal response from the audience so far and is expected to attract more visitors on the last day.last_img read more

Final 11 accused in big Mob bust in Quebec see charges stayed

first_imgMONTREAL – The last 11 people accused in a massive Quebec Mob bust dubbed Project Clemenza saw the charges against them stayed Monday at the request of the prosecution.A spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada said a stay of proceedings was a discretionary decision by the Crown and was the only possible move.“The request for disclosure from the defence raised very complex issues and, despite all the efforts, the prosecution was not in a position to meet its disclosure obligations,” the agency said in an email.The accused were among those charged in a major police operation targeting organized crime between 2014 and 2016 that led to dozens of arrests.Prosecutor Andre Albert Morin told reporters the Crown asked for the stay after speaking to investigators in the RCMP-led case and concluding it wouldn’t be able to provide answers to pointed technical questions from the defence.At the time of the first wave of arrests, the RCMP proudly boasted about an investigative tactic that saw more than one million private PIN to PIN BlackBerry messages intercepted between 2010 and 2012 and analyzed.Morin said the accused are now free without any further court-ordered conditions.Technically, the prosecution has 12 months to refile charges according to the Criminal Code, but Morin wouldn’t say what he planned to do.In March, the federal Crown used its discretion in a similar fashion to have charges stayed against 36 people arrested in Clemenza.In that instance, a prosecutor told reporters that numerous factors played a part in the decision, including a recent Supreme Court ruling that set strict time limits for cases to get to trial.But Montreal La Presse reported the Crown’s decision was based on the quality of the evidence and the techniques used to gather it.One criminal attorney not connected to the current case says it could cause problems down the road.“If they want to use this investigative technique in the future to gather evidence to charge someone, the accused will still be allowed to obtain all the evidence against them,” said Walid Hijazi, a defence lawyer.“So it’s a delicate problem that the authorities will have to solve.”Clemenza was the biggest anti-Mafia police sweep by federal authorities since its takedown of the Rizzuto crime family during Operation Colisee in 2006.The suspects in question faced an array of charges, including trafficking, importation and production of drugs, and others related to weapons, arson and kidnapping.“Project Clemenza is now finished,” said Morin.— with files from Cogeco Nouvelleslast_img read more

Shaquille ONeal To Host SHAQaCLAUS Event Today

first_imgFormer Los Angeles Lakers Center, NBA legend, and philanthropist Shaquille O’Neal will host SHAQ-a-CLAUS on Monday, December 23 at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.As part of his longstanding dedication to advocating for youth development, the former All-Star has arranged for more than 300 kids to experience the ultimate holiday carnival amid “snowfall” in sunny California.“Every kid deserves a memorable holiday season,” said the four-time NBA champion. “The Boys & Girls Club of Venice serves as a home away from home for young people who need encouragement. Although there are no chimneys involved, SHAQ-a-CLAUS is definitely coming to town.”Dating back to 1992, SHAQ-a-CLAUS has showered thousands of at-risk youths with gifts during the holiday season. O’Neal, who is a Boys & Girls Club alumnus, continues his long tradition of helping those in need.An estimated 350 pre-registered Boys & Girls Club of Venice members will receive a JAKKS toy from Shaq-a-Claus, shoes from Crocs, support from Feed The Children, and lunch courtesy of Panda Express. Shaq has even paid to have the party dusted with snow.“Shaquille O’Neal’s support for the Boys & Girls Club of Venice means the world to the kids who come through our doors each day,” said Monique Brandon, Executive Director of the Club. “We salute his extraordinary generosity and applaud him for coming back to Los Angeles to spread hope and cheer.”The Boys & Girls Club of Venice delivers exciting youth development programs in academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship to more than 4,000 youths annually. The Club appreciates the sponsors for their generosity and support of SHAQ-a-CLAUS.Event registration has reached capacity and is now closed.last_img read more

Gordon Pinsent to receive Stratford Festivals Legacy Award

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: He won the Best Actor Genie and ACTRA awards in 2006 for his work in Sarah Polley’s Away From Her, and the Genie for Best Actor in The Shipping News, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Annie Proulx.Pinsent, who was born in Grand Falls, N.L., and started out in radio drama, is a companion of the Order of Canada and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He’s received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, the Earle Grey Award for lifetime achievement in television and a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. Facebook Advertisement Twitter Acclaimed Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent is being honoured with this year’s Legacy Award by the Stratford Festival, where he performed early in his stage career.Pinsent, who joined the company in 1962 with roles in Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest and Cyrano de Bergerac, returned to Stratford in the mid-’70s as a leading player.Pinsent went on to almost 150 film and television credits.last_img read more

Manitoba Liberals hope law will help workers talk about incident that killed

first_img(Barry Swan, centre bottom, speaks at the Manitoba Legislature)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsManitoba’s Liberals are poring over the province’s Workplace, Safety and Health Act hoping to find a part that will help protect workers willing to come forward to talk about an incident that killed a First Nations man in January.Todd Maytwayashing, 22, was working for the Manitoba Hydro contractor Forbes Brothers Ltd., when he was struck by a piece of falling steel at a job site near Gillam, Man.Liberal MLA Jon Gerrard said people working for Forbes, which is building a transmission line to carry power to Hydro’s $8.7-billion under-construction Keeyask Generating Station, want to share inside information.But they fear dismissal.“I understand there are others…who are ready to come forward to talk about the situation but are reluctant to do so for fear of losing their jobs,” said Gerrard (River Heights).Gerrard originally pitched the idea of expanding the Whistleblower Protection Act to Premier Brian Pallister earlier this week, suggesting coverage for employees at contract companies was needed to get information the Maytwayashing family wanted.But Gerrard switched gears Friday saying existing Workplace, Safety and Health legislation should provide the needed protection to get people to come forward.Maytwayashing’s father, Barry Swan, says he’s been hearing about “bullying and harassment and safety” from other workers.But he says those workers aren’t ready to share details with provincial Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) investigators without assurance their jobs are protected.“They are quite afraid and I am very afraid for them because they got young ones, they got mortgages, car loans, and if they’re black-balled from industry I wouldn’t want that to be our fault,” Swan said in an interview Thursday.Pallister, who paid a condolence call to Maytwayashing’s family last month, says he will personally look into the fatal workplace incident at the mega project.He also encouraged workers to speak up.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.“I would give assurance to anyone who has information that they would like to bring forward in the process of investigating this tragedy to bring that forward without fear of repercussions of any kind,” he told the Legislature Wednesday. “They deserve to feel entirely confident and safe in doing so.”Swan says he “was honoured” to have Pallister in his home.“He assured me that Hydro would come to my house and apologize face-to-face,” Swan said. “And he assured me this investigation would not be tampered with.”Gerrard said Friday he believes the WSH Act has enough teeth to protect workers who want to contribute information to the investigation.Swan says he just wants to know what led to his son’s death.“We’re trying to work with workplace safety to have an honest and fair investigation,” he said. “If Hydro and Forbes are willing to share information with us that doesn’t jeopardize anything is what we’re looking for at this point.”Meanwhile, Forbes has completed its own investigation.Senior manager Brenda Madley says Maytwashing was doing a “high-risk” part of the job when he was killed and the company has since made changes to try and reduce the danger of loading and unloading material.“Fatalities don’t occur very often at Forbes,” she said, noting the death of Maytwayashing and two others in eastern Canada last summer during a tower collapse “are the only three fatalities that we’ve had in 40 years.“Our workers are part of our family. I mean I can’t even tell you how difficult it is on every single individual that’s in the organization,” she added in a telephone interview from Edmonton.Madley said workers shouldn’t fear for their jobs if they want to report problems.“We want to know about unsafe conditions so that we can correct them,” she said.“We have several safety advisors on our Manitoba project. They are encouraged to report unsafe conditions.”Maytwashing’s is the second death at a Keeyask-related site since the project began in 2014. Carpenter Joseph Head suffered a brain bleed in 2017 that ultimately led to a fatal heart attack.His widow is suing Hydro alleging her husband died a “wrongful death.”last_img read more

Brantford police locate missing 14yearold girl

UPDATED Brantford police are thanking the public for their help in locating a missing 14-year-old girl. The teen was last seen in the 100 block of North Park St. on March 11 around 5:20 a.m.Shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, police said she had been located safe. “Brantford Police Service extends thanks to all of our media partners for their assistance and professionalism,” said police in a news release.

Port Dover featured in TVO video

TVOntario (TVO) has featured Port Dover in one of its Main Street documentary videos.The video series is to highlight the main streets of smaller communities, and the events that happen within them.The Port Dover video covers the beginning of the Friday the 13th tradition, and follows it through to what it has become now.From 16 people to 200,000, it follows events that have happened on the 13th since 1981.The video has interviews with locals including Adam Veri and Peter Knechtel, as well as interviews with people that have attended the event for years.The video appears below.astaylor@potmedia.comGet your motors runnin’ and head out on the highway with this #MainStreetOntario short showing the history of #PortDover’s famed #Fridaythe13th #Motorcycle Rally that can attract tens of thousands of enthusiasts. #PD13 @Taleofatown— TVOdocs (@TVOdocs) June 21, 2019 read more

NCAA will no longer allow videogame maker EA Sports to use its

by Ralph D. Russo, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2013 3:04 pm MDT NCAA will no longer allow video-game maker EA Sports to use its name and logo AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Hang on to NCAA Football 14, video game fans. It will be a collector’s edition.The NCAA said it will no longer allow Electronic Arts Inc. to use its logo starting next year. The move ends a lucrative business deal with the gaming industry giant and comes as the NCAA fights a high-profile lawsuit that says the governing body owes billions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used for free.The NCAA said it won’t seek a new contract with EA Sports, which manufactures the popular game, beyond the current one that expires in June 2014. However, that won’t stop EA Sports from producing a college football video game depicting powerhouse schools like Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon, and the Redwood City, Calif.-based company made that clear Wednesday.“EA Sports will continue to develop and publish college football games, but we will no longer include the NCAA names and marks,” said Andrew Wilson, executive vice-president. “Our relationship with the Collegiate Licensing Co. is strong and we are already working on a new game for next generation consoles which will launch next year and feature the college teams, conferences and all the innovation fans expect from EA Sports.”The company reported $3.8 billion in net revenue during its last fiscal year and, aside from its NCAA Football franchise, is well known for Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer and other games.EA Sports first began making an NCAA Football game in 1998 and it has generated more than $1.3 billion in sales in the U.S. alone, according to a spokesman for market tracking firm The NPD Group Inc. It wasn’t known how much of what EA makes from NCAA Football goes back to the NCAA and its members in licensing deals.Todd Mitchell, senior analyst with New York-based Brean Capital LLC, said losing the NCAA brand isn’t likely to hurt EA Sports. He estimated NCAA Football accounts for only about 5 per cent of EA Sports’ revenue, or about $125 million.“It’s nice to have the brand, but it’s more about the characters,” he said.Analyst Colin Sebastian of R.W. Baird said EA Sports likely expected to lose its partnership with the NCAA.“I’m sure they have thought about this because of this pending litigation and the worst case scenarios,” Sebastian said by telephone from San Francisco. “I don’t expect it to have a significant impact on their business.”NCAA Football allows participants to play as any major college football team, though unlike in its professional sports games, the names of players are not used. The similarities between the avatars in the game and actual college athletes are at the root of a fight that could alter the way the NCAA does business in the future.The NCAA is in the midst of a long court battle that started with a lawsuit filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon after he was shown a video game with an avatar playing for the Bruins that played a lot like him.The antitrust lawsuit also names EA and the Collegiate Licensing Co. that handles trademark licensing for dozens of schools, the NCAA and various conferences. The suit has expanded to include several former athletes who claim the NCAA and EA Sports used their names and likenesses without compensation and demand the NCAA find a way to give players a cut of the billions of dollars earned from live broadcasts, memorabilia sales and video games.“We are confident in our legal position regarding the use of our trademarks in video games,” the NCAA said. “But given the current business climate and costs of litigation, we determined participating in this game is not in the best interests of the NCAA.“The NCAA has never licensed the use of current student-athlete names, images or likenesses to EA. The NCAA has no involvement in licenses between EA and former student-athletes,” it said in a statement.Still, the NCAA said its members can seek arrangements with video game manufacturers if they wish.“Member colleges and universities license their own trademarks and other intellectual property for the video game,” the NCAA said. “They will have to independently decide whether to continue those business arrangements in the future.”Michael Hausfeld, the lead attorney on the O’Bannon case, said the NCAA cutting ties with EA could provide greater freedom for EA to make deals with conferences, schools and even players.“No longer would EA have to pretend the avatars are not the likenesses of the real players,” he said. read more

More vehicles recalled for problem Takata air bag inflators that can deploy

Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. are expanding their recalls over problem air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. by another 6.5 million vehicles, including about 81,500 in Canada.Toyota said Wednesday it was recalling nearly five million more vehicles globally to fix an air bag inflator problem while Nissan is recalling an additional 1.56 million vehicles globally for problems related to its Takata inflators.Most of Toyota Canada’s recall involves RAV4s from the 2004 and 2005 model years. It’s recalling 14,570 RAV4s as well as 3,803 Tundras and 606 Sequoias from the 2003-04 model year.Nissan Canada’s recall affects a total of 62,538 Pathfinder, Sentra and X-trail vehicles produced between January 2004 and March 2007.Nissan says that in some areas of high humidity, such as the U.S. Gulf Coast region, the passenger side air bag inflators have already been recalled and will be replaced without testing. In other cases, Nissan dealers will test the inflators and replace them as necessary.Tokyo-based Honda and its Canadian subsidiary, which have previously recalled vehicles because of Takata air bag problems, said Wednesday there hadn’t been a decision yet about expanding their recalls.Even before the latest recalls, 10 automakers recalled more than 17 million cars and trucks in the U.S. and 22 million worldwide because of the Takata air bag problem.The Takata air bag problems began surfacing about a decade ago. Takata uses a different kind of inflator propellant from rivals, ammonium nitrate, which can burn too fast if subjected to prolonged exposure to airborne moisture.In Toyota’s latest recall, the company says the front passenger and front driver-side air bag inflators can deploy abnormally, or rupture, and put a person in a crash at greater risk.This is different from an earlier problem with Takata air bag inflators that deployed with too much force, which has affected a range of automakers including Honda Motor Co., Chrysler, BMW and Ford Motor Co. At least six people have died worldwide due to that defect.NHTSA, the government authority in the U.S., which oversees recall, as well as Takata and the auto industry, have been trying to pinpoint what’s causing the inflator problems.Takata has been fined US$14,000 per day by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since Feb. 20 for allegedly dumping documents on the agency without the legally required explanation of what’s in them. The fines have reached about $1 million. Takata has denied it is not co-operating fully with the investigation.— with a file from The Canadian Press FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, child seats manufactured by Takata Corp. are displayed at a Toyota Motor Corp.’s showroom in Tokyo. Toyota and Nissan Motor Co. are expanding their recalls over problem air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. Toyota said Wednesday, May 13, 2015, it was recalling nearly 5 million more vehicles globally for the air bag inflator problem. Some 637,000 of them in the United States. In Japan, it is recalling nearly 1.4 million vehicles. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File) More vehicles recalled for problem Takata air bag inflators that can deploy abnormally by The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2015 2:38 am MDT Last Updated May 13, 2015 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brock grad returning home to give back

George Adjabeng was born in Ghana and lives in the United States. But, he still considers Brock University his home.While he completed his Master’s in Chemistry at Brock, Adjabeng says he learned effective researching and the value of collaboration.The education I received at Brock really prepared me for what I’ve been able to accomplish.“The education I received at Brock really prepared me for what I’ve been able to accomplish,” he says. “It gave me the ability to be innovative and creative.”Adjabeng is at Brock Friday, March 18 to talk to students about his career path and donate a piece of equipment to the Chemistry department.After graduating from the University of the Cape Coast in Ghana, Adjabeng came to Brock to do his Master’s in Chemistry, graduating in 2003. He worked for almost a decade for major pharmaceutical research companies before completing a post-graduate degree at Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Two years ago, he set up his own firm Ecodyst, a unique scientific instrument company in the U.S.His company has the patent for the instrument he’s donating to Brock, the Ecochyll is a refrigeration accessory to rotary evaporators. It keeps the evaporators cool without the need for water or dry ice.“This is my small and humble way of saying thank you to Brock and show my appreciation,” says Adjabeng. “This is a small gesture.”The Echochyll has a retail value of more than $13,300.Adjabeng recalls working in the Brock labs with fellow students and professors. He’s never forgotten the spirit of collaboration and camaraderie.“The professors take a really serious interest in seeing their students succeed,” he says.Adjabeng is working with International Student Services to present the career talk as a way to give back for the help they offered him when he came to Canada to study at Brock.“That help was instrumental in making my international student experience a positive one,” he said. “I felt at home at Brock University.”Adjabeng will give his talk from 3-4 p.m. in TH253. To register visit read more

Veszprem and Kielce staying in Europe – Medvedi out

5. Chekhovskie Medvedi10343291:276(15)10 2. MKB Veszprém KC10604266:266(0)12 1. BM Atletico Madrid10721318:285(33)16 Final Day in the Group C was decisive for the TOP 16 qualification. Vive Targi Kielce played very tought match with Chekhovskie Medvedi 26:26 and celebrate on the end, while MKB Veszprem (Atletico Madrid 28:27)  and Fuchse Berlin (BSV Silkeborg 28:27). ← Previous Story Men’s EHF CL (Round 10): “Matches of the Year” in Veszprem and Kielce! Next Story → Medvedi lost TOP 16 place in Kielce, Maximov: Referees stopped us” 4. Füchse Berlin10514296:292(4)11 6. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg100010253:315(-62)0 3. KS Vive Targi Kielce10514295:285(10)11 read more

Median gross base salary for UK entry level roles is £26000

first_imgThe median gross base salary for entry level professionals in the UK is £26,000 a year, according to research by Willis Towers Watson.Its Global 50 Remuneration Planning Report, which collates pay and benefits information for 50 positions across 60 countries worldwide, found that the UK’s median gross entry level base salary ranks 14th out of the top 20 European economies.Switzerland, on the other hand, reports a median gross base salary of £68,959 for its entry level professionals. This is followed by Denmark, where entry level professionals have a median gross base salary of £45,194, and Norway, which offers its entry level staff a median gross base salary of £42,822. Poland pays its entry level professionals the least, according to the research, with a median gross base salary of £11,628.The median gross base salary for middle managers in the UK is £69,480, which ranks 10th out of the top 20 European economies. Switzerland tops this list, paying middle managers a median gross base salary of £125,890, followed by Germany (£85,261), Denmark (£85,038) and Luxembourg (£82,540). The research found that Slovakia pays its middle managers the least, with a median gross base salary of £35,239. Poland (£37,011) and the Czech Republic (£38,899) also feature at the bottom of the list.When the median gross base salary is adjusted for purchasing power parity, which reflects the tax burden and cost of living across the respective countries, the UK ranks eighth for entry level employees, offering £29,739. It ranks fourth for middle managers, with a median relative buying power of £57,129.Switzerland has a median relative buying power total for entry level professions of £47,202, and £77,963 for middle managers. This places it highest for both among the top 20 European economies. Luxembourg comes second, with median relative buying power figures of £44,011 for entry level staff and £73,876 for middle managers, while Germany is third, with £36,511 and £66,615 respectively.Slovakia places last for median relative buying power, as entry level professionals have £13,587 and middle managers have £33,465.Tom Hellier, UK practice lead, rewards at Willis Towers Watson, says: “Although dependent on prevailing exchange rates, this data shows that from a cost perspective the UK remains relatively attractive for business compared with European peers. However, staying open to talented [employees] with fast-growing emerging economies will be critical to realising the UK’s long-term growth potential, and employers also need to be mindful of the total package; for example in some countries such as the UK, annual bonuses play a more prominent role in addition to base pay.“Increasing competition for talent, amplified by medium-term uncertainty from Brexit, highlights the need for organisations to position themselves as an employer of choice and look at the overall perceived value of their offer. Enhancing the non-financial aspects of the deal, such as career-advancement opportunities, learning and development programmes and flexible work arrangements are key to improving retention and ensuring [organisations] remain competitive across the region.”last_img read more

SR 826 northbound ramp reopens after tractor trailer rollover

first_imgMEDLEY, Fla. (WSVN) — A tractor trailer rollover crash forced officials to close the State Road 826 northbound ramp in Medley for hours, Monday.Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene, at around 4 p.m., shortly after the tractor trailer rolled over on the ramp from Northwest 74th Street to the northbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway.The wreck caused traffic backups during rush hour. The northbound ramp has since reopened.No one was injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more