Grips, Gaffers, and Best Boys: The Grip and Electric Departments

first_imgTo achieve the best looking shot, a cinematographer not only relies on the camera department, but also the lighting technicians, electricians, and grips. But what do they all do on set?A Director of Photography is usually associated with the camera department, but the DP actually oversees the Electrical Department and Grips as well. Before the days of unions, there was not a differentiating line between members of these departments. As job titles have become more solidified, so have the departments.You may also hear the term Lighting Department, but it’s not accurate. Most of the time you will hear Grips and Electric called G&E. Here is a breakdown of the G&E Departments.The Electrical DepartmentThis department is in charge of all electrical needs on set. That covers everything from powering set lights to powering the coffee machine.GafferImage via FM Grip and LightingA gaffer is the head of the electrical department. They may also be referred to as the Chief Lighting Technician. The gaffer is responsible for designing and executing the lighting plan. They work directly with the Director of Photography to achieve the desired look. They will provide the power needed for for the lights, and work with the Key Grip to shape the light.Best BoyThe Best Boy in the Electric department is the head assistant to the gaffer. They are the second in charge, typically watching over the electric truck and rentals, while managing and scheduling the rest of the electricians and lighting technicians. Where the Gaffer remains on set with the Director of Photography, the Best Boy carries out and manages all other jobs in the Electrical Department.They may also be referred to as Best Boy Electric or Assistant Chief Lighting Technician. Before the different departments were established, the Gaffer would ask the Key Grip to borrow his “best boy” to assist in the electric department. It became a common term in both departments, which is why there are two different Best Boys. If a female holds this position, she is still referred to as the Best Boy.Electrical Lighting TechnicianImage via ShutterstockThey are responsible for getting power to the set. They are also called; ELT, Electrician, Set Lighting Technicians, Lamp Operator, Electric, Spark or Juicer. They not only get power to the lights, but also everywhere on set. This includes trailers, catering, offices, and more.Generator OperatorFor location shoots, films will use generators for power. Generators, commonly called a Genny, produce electricity from diesel fuel. The person in charge of a generator is called the Genny Operator.Lighting Board OperatorDepending on the size of the set, or the amount of lights, there may be a Lighting Board Operator. These are not common on small sets with a few fixed lights. They are really only used if the scene being shot requires dimmable lights. All the set lights will be run to a control panel that this person will use to adjust and dim the lights. This position is more common on television sets, especially those with a live studio audience.The Grip DepartmentThis department supports all non-electrical components on set. They set up any gear for the camera, like tripods or cranes.Key GripImage: Key Grip Robert Adams on set of Wild Safari via Fernbank Museum of Natural HistoryThe Key Grip, also called a Key for short, is the chief of the grip department. They work with the Director of Photography to achieve the correct lighting and blocking for shots. They diffuse and cut light on set. They are also in charge of the physical camera movement, covering everything from a dolly, to cranes, to vehicle mounts.Best BoyThe chief assistant to the Key Grip. Also knows as the Best Boy Grip. Just like the Best Boy Electric, they are in charge of the organizing and maintaining the grip truck and all other grips working on the project.GripImage via ShutterstockGrips are specialized as camera and lighting rigging technicians.  They work with the non-electrical components of light and camera setups. This includes setting up tripods, cranes, flagging, overheads, and bounces. They make any adjustments and perform maintenance on production equipments. They will cover all duties from camera movement, focusing lights, and any mechanical rigging like dolly tracks.Dolly GripImage via What If MovieThis grip is specifically in charge of working with the camera dolly. They lay and level the dolly track on set.  They will also push and pull the dolly during filming.Do you now know the difference between a Best Boy and a Best Boy? Want more articles like this? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

India Dances to Latino Beat

first_imgLatino dances are now the world’s hottest cultural diplomacy tool connecting people across continents. And in India, it is the new beat on dance floors.Dancers say the popularity of Latino dances lies in the inherent joyousness, the friendships it generates on the floor across cultural divides — and the free-flowing body language, open to improvisations.Last week a world Congress of Latino dances, India Fiesta Latina, brought more than 300 dancers from 30 countries and nearly 3,000 Latino enthusiasts for a four-day gala at the Jaypee Greens hospitality complex in suburban Noida.“Dances like the salsa, merengue, bachata and mambo are the social dances that can be danced any time, anywhere. You don’t have to know your partner or his culture. You just dance without fear of being misunderstood despite the physical proximity and the diversity of partners. Salsa teaches men to respect women on the floor,” dancer and choreographer Sunil Chopra, co-planner of the India Fiesta Latina, said.Chopra runs the Mundo Latino dance school with his dancer wife Shallu and Poland-based dancer Neeraj Maskara in the capital’s Greater Kailash area. The school teaches salsa and Spanish to nearly 100 amateur dancers for $30 for six sessions lasting for 90 minutes.“It is kind of a weekend dance school where we personally teach our students and encourage them to attend Latino dance congresses around the world,” said Chopra, who started training nine years ago with his wife in Miami.He estimates that Delhi alone has more than 500 dancers from all walks of life and that the number of dancers in India could go up to more than 10,000. Besides, hundreds throng “weeklong classes” organized by various contemporary dance schools.Latino dances derive from the African rumba rhythm, swing and pachanga beats from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Dominican Republic as well as the contemporary R&B and hip-hop genres of free-style dancing. But the elegance is very ballroom, Chopra said.Homemaker Arti Vij and her husband Shelley, in their 30s, are amongst those who love the “sensuous body movement of salsa and other Latino dances”. They drop in to a salsa dance class in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka every weekend. “I am keen to learn more. It makes me flexible and keeps me in shape as my job is sedentary. It is better than many other outdoor sports and easier,” Shelley said.“The idea is to look groovy, natural and sensuous on the dance floor,” said Gupsom Pierre, a Singapore-based Latino dancer and instructor.“The best salsa dancers are emerging from Asia. The Latino dances are all about discipline and overcoming challenges on the dance floor. I always use an element of ballet,” Pierre said.“Salsa is the same as mambo. Salsa literally means a hot chilli-pepper and vegetable sauce. In the 1950s, a journalist couple, while dancing mambo, said it was like salsa — heady and potent. The name was subsequently adopted. It alludes to the language of the body,” Pierre said.Latino dances have been drawing their rhythm and language from Bollywood lately, says Polish dancer Gosia Kulpa, who partners dancer Neeraj Maskara of Indian origin from Poland at Latino dance gatherings around the world. “Dances like salsa have some basic rules, but between them there is a bog space to improvise. It is a conversation between the bodies of the couple who pair on the floor. One questions with the body and the other answers,” Kulpa said.Bollywood movies like “Kites” (which stars Hrithik Roshan as a salsa instructor) “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” and “Desi Boyz” have extensively used Latino dances — carrying the genres to the drawing rooms, said bharatanatyam dancer Prathibha Prahlad.“It is a connection in the deep sensitivity of people… though the roots of Latino music and dance are not the same as Indian dances. These are music and dance of the people belonging to the informal economy, speaking of their angst. Their beats echo in the developing economies of Asia and India,” Juan Alfredo Pinto, ambassador of Colombia to India said. Related Itemslast_img read more

Even I have paid fine for speeding: Gadkari

first_imgAmid concern over the hefty fines for traffic violations, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said even he has been fined for speeding on the Bandra-Worli sealink in Mumbai. Talking to reporters about the major decisions of the Modi-led government in its first 100 days, Mr. Gadkari said abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir was the “most important achievement” of the government. Criminalisation of instant triple talaq and the amended motor vehicles law were some of the big achievements of the Centre, he said.“Even I have paid a fine for speeding on the Bandra-Worli sealink,” Mr. Gadkari said adding that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his cabinet collegaue Gen V.K. Singh also got speeding challans. The Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, approved by President Ram Nath Kovind last month, aims at stricter punishment for violation of traffic regulations and to bring discipline on roads.“Passing the MV Act amendment is a big achievement for our government. The high fines will lead to transparency, and (will) not result in corruption,” Mr. Gadkari said.Claiming that overspending on fines has helped people to adhere to traffic rules, Mr. Gadkari said: “For the new over speeding rules all are equal be it lawyers, doctors or politicians. We have increased the fines to save lives of lakhs of motorists.” The minister said road engineering is a reason, along with auto engineering, for the high incidents of accidents in India.Amendment of MV Act will improve road safety and reduce the number of road accidents and lives lost on roads, Mr. Gadkari said.last_img read more

A few idiots giving bad name to England, says Fowler

first_imgMumbai, Jun 17 (PTI) Lambasting rowdy elements among his countrys fans who have converged on France to support their national teams campaign in the ongoing Euro 2016, former Liverpool and England football star Robbie Fowler today claimed that they were only handful of people. “Obviously there will be a minority of idiots. Yes, there cannot be a smoke without some fire, but the Russians were also involved and to label only the England fans as hooligans is wrong,” Fowler, who is on the expert panel of Sony Pictures Networks, which is broadcasting the tournament on its sports channels, told reporters here. England and Russian fans had clashed last week at Marseille and violence featuring unruly fans from these two countries has continued to mar the biggest football event after the FIFA World Cup.Fowler, who is analysing the matches on Sony Six and Sony ESPN channels along with ex-Portugal international Deco and Indias current captain Sunil Chhetri, has backed Italy to claim the top honours.”I was impressed with Northern Irelands last night (when they won 2-0 against Ukraine). Spain is a quality side and (Andres) Iniesta has been very impressive, though they lack a good goal scorer. “Although I am impressed with a number of teams, I am tipping Italy to win (the title), for certain. In defence they have been superb. They will not score many goals but they will also concede less (goals),” said the ex-Liverpool stalwart.According to 41-year-old Fowler, the lesser number of goals witnessed in the league phase so far was because the coaches of various teams are “tactically very good.”advertisementThe Englishman, however, was not in favour of increased usage of technology in football than what is in vogue.”Football is a sport of momentum and not fits and starts. I can understand goal-line technology, but I am not in favour of taking referees out of the game,” he said responding to a query about the controversial goal awarded to Peru, even though the ball appeared to have gone in off an attackers hand, that knocked five-time World Champions Brazil out of Copa America, which is in progress in the US. (More) PTI SSR NRB CM CM RYSlast_img read more

Sehwag was reluctant to join NADA panel, feels Olympians deserve the place

first_imgFormer India opener Virender Sehwag said on Tuesday that he joined the Anti-Doping Appeals Panel (ADAP) of NADA on the request of Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, even though he was reluctant about taking it up.Sehwag, who became a part of the six-member NADA panel in November 2017, has not been able to attend any hearing till date and that has raised quite a few eyebrows.Sehwag said that he always felt that cricketers should not be in the NADA panel and only Olympians should be included in the committee. He admitted that he does not have a lot of knowledge about the anti-doping codes.Sehwag made it very clear that he believes Olympic sportsperson are more in sync with how the various procedures of NADA and hence, cricketers do not really have a role to play.Also read – DDCA forms Cricket Committee led by Sehwag with Gambhir as special invitee”I feel former Olympians should be a part of the NADA panels rather than cricketers. The sportspersons in Olympic categories are more in sync with working procedure of NADA,” Sehwag told PTI.”The Olympians know more than someone like me about anti-doping codes. I was initially reluctant about being a part of the panel,” Sehwag said.”I have always been a part of BCCI and I have rarely undergone dope tests, save the ICC tournaments that we played. So I have no hesitation in admitting that my knowledge is limited.”Along with clarifying that he joined the NADA panel only after a request from the Sports Minister, Sehwag said that he was not even informed of the dates of the first two ADAP hearing.advertisementAlso read – Don’t play Asia Cup: Virender Sehwag slams India’s shocking schedule”It was because of request from the Sports Minister that I gave my consent. He told me that someone of my stature could make a difference.”I can put it on record that I was not told about the dates of the first two hearings. Then on the third hearing, I couldn’t unfortunately attend as my son was not well,” Sehwag informed.Sehwag expressed his surprise over the fact that ADAP hearings are slated in August and September according to NADA website but he actually had no information of the same. In fact, the panels for all the hearing have been announced and Sehwag’s name is not mentioned.”This I am hearing from you. Now if someone from NADA contacts me now and I can probably confirm my availability. But if I am asked on August 6 about August 10 hearing, it might happen that I have prior commitments,” Sehwag said.Sehwag also said that he is unaware about the duration of the panel.”I need to check the duration of the panel, whether it’s one year or two years,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Pakistan need to be at their best vs India, says Waqar Younis

first_imgPakistan must go back to their Champions Trophy triumph for inspiration and then look for early wickets in their World Cup encounter against arch-rivals India, suggests former captain Waqar Younis.Bitter foes India and Pakistan lock horns in the tournament’s one of the most anticipated matches at the Old Trafford on Sunday.”It’s simple – if Pakistan want to stay in the tournament, they have to bring an ‘A-plus’ performance and win that game,” Waqar said in his column for the ICC.”When Pakistan play India it’s always a huge game, but their meeting on Sunday is shaping up to be more crucial than ever.”Pakistan can take inspiration from Champions Trophy final: WaqarWhile he did not read much into India’s all-win record against Pakistan in the World Cup, the pace great urged his country to look up to the title triumph in the 2017 Champions Trophy, where they beat India in the final.”Pakistan have got to take positives out of what they did to India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy a couple of years ago. They must think positively going into this game.”I hope they have got their best game in the locker for India, who showed against Australia that they are a very fine side,” Waqar, one of the best fast bowlers of his time, said.According to the former captain and coach, picking up early wickets could be key to Pakistan’s chances.”What I have seen in this World Cup so far is that if you don’t pick up early wickets, you’re in trouble. The new ball is so crucial and openers are being more careful in the first ten overs this year,” said Waqar.advertisement”They’re not really going full throttle, they are being a bit more watchful. Once you don’t lose any wickets early on, it becomes easier because the ball doesn’t swing and batting becomes easier.”Waqar believes Pakistan were done in by the new ball, in both batting bowling, against Australia on Wednesday.”It was with the new ball, in both batting and bowling, that I felt Pakistan missed a trick in their entertaining defeat to Australia at Taunton.”Early on, we were not really sharp enough and Sarfaraz Ahmed was not on his toes. Mohammad Amir didn’t get any support from the other end.”Waqar impressed by Amir’s spell vs AustraliaReturning his best ODI figures of 5/30, Amir staged a fine comeback to stop Australia’s charge at 307.”No-one really saw the comeback coming and for that, you have to take your hat off to Amir. Full marks to him for the way he bowled. Even with the new ball, I thought he bowled quite nicely. He could have picked up more than five wickets in the end. He was unfortunate with a couple of nicks early on,” said Waqar.”Pakistan pulled it back very nicely. They were sharp after 25 overs and started picking up wickets. They found the right lengths.”His praise for Amir, who was not initially included in Pakistan’s World Cup squad, did not end there.”Amir bowled superbly. He showed us all his cutters, variations and short-pitched deliveries. I think we all know Amir is mentally very, very strong. He showed once again that class is permanent he is no doubt a match-winner.”Regarding team combination, Waqar felt there could be changes for Sunday’s game.”It may be that Mickey Arthur looks at changing the team for Sunday. I spoke to Mickey in Taunton and he is thinking in terms of horses for courses, and I agree with him to an extent.”The pitch there was good for pacers and he rightly went with four of them. The issue was not the nature of the plan, but the execution.”Waqar was in favour of dropping spin-bowling all-rounder Shoaib Malik.”Shadab is the key man in this side and I think they will look to bring him back against India. They might go for five bowlers, use four pacers and Shadab and drop someone like Shoaib Malik,” he said.”Going from a defeat to playing the old rivalry against India isn’t going to be easy. India probably watched the Australia game very closely and know what needs to be done. Pakistan need to lift themselves up and I hope they bring their best on Sunday.Also Read | India vs New Zealand: Anil Kumble, Brian Lara question rain preparedness for World Cup 2019Also Read | Will try our level best vs India, says Pakistan captain Sarfaraz after Australia defeatAlso See:advertisementlast_img read more

Neuer makes Germany return but weather delays kick-off

first_imgManuel Neuer Neuer finally makes Germany comeback but bad weather delays kick-off Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:16 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manuel Neuer Getty Images Austria v Germany Germany v Mexico Germany v Sweden South Korea v Germany Friendlies Germany World Cup The Bayern Munich goalkeeper has been out of action since September with a foot injury, but will make his return in Saturday’s friendly Manuel Neuer will make his long-awaited return from injury on Saturday after being named in Germany’s team to play Austria in a pre-World Cup friendly.Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer has been out of action since September due to a foot injury, putting his World Cup place in doubt.TEAM NEWS @Manuel_Neuer makes his Germany return in today’s friendly vs. @oefb1904 #DieMannschaft #ZSMMN #AUTGER pic.twitter.com/wxgGiFWAvn— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 2, 2018However, Germany’s goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke said prior to the game that Neuer would face Austria and national boss Joachim Low has selected the 32-year-old to start in Klagenfurt. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 Neuer’s chances of going to the World Cup as Low’s first choice goalkeeper appeared to be boosted after he was handed the number one shirt when Die Mannschaft’s squad numbers were confirmed.Nils Petersen will make his international debut in the fixture, while Premier League stars Mesut Ozil, Leroy Sane and Antonio Rudiger are also included in the XI. Neuer and Co. have been made to wait even longer for the game to begin, however, as bad weather forced kick-off to be moved from 18:00 CEST to 18:35 initially, before a further delay occurred.Germany complete their preparations for the tournament with a friendly against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen on June 8.last_img read more

Video: Watch Nick Saban Get Heated About Satellite Camps, Need For CFB Commissioner

first_imgNick Saban gets heated at the podium.Alabama head coach Nick Saban got a little heated during somewhat of a rant about satellite football camps and the need for a college football commissioner. Simply against the idea of satellite football camps, and with little belief in the positive narrative surrounding them, Saban let loose Tuesday afternoon in front of the media at the SEC Spring Meetings. As usual, AL.com was on the scene and posted the video to YouTube. AL.com did a terrific job describing the scene as Saban went off, and you can watch their video in its entirety here.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Is Convinced This Team Is Making The Playoff

first_imgESPN's Paul Finebaum.Twitter/@MikeAndMikeESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum believes Notre Dame is in “fantastic shape” after what happened on Saturday.The Fighting Irish, who remained undefeated with a win at Virginia Tech, are looking like a legitimate College Football Playoff team.There’s still plenty of season to go, of course, bu Notre Dame is looking good.Finebaum discussed Notre Dame’s chances this morning.“They’re in fantastic shape,” Finebaum said. “They’ve already played the toughest part of the schedule. I mean, Michigan, Stanford, Virginia Tech, this program has really made some inroards. There’s still a couple of games left. Northwestern on the road, (U)SC on the road. We know how November went for them. But as we sit right now early in October, I would say Notre Dame is going to the College Football Playoff.”Notre Dame is set to host Pittsburgh on Saturday.The Fighting Irish aren’t scheduled to play another ranked team the rest of the season.last_img read more

Here’s Where Urban Meyer Ranked Ohio State In Final Top 25

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State didn’t make the College Football Playoff, as the Buckeyes finished No. 6 in the final rankings behind Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Georgia.Urban Meyer was a believer in his team, though.Ohio State’s head coach felt his squad should’ve been ranked No. 4.The Buckeyes’ head coach had Ohio State at No. 4 in his final Coaches’ Poll ballot of the season.Here’s his final top 10:1 Alabama Crimson Tide2 Clemson Tigers3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish4 Ohio State Buckeyes5 Oklahoma Sooners6 Georgia Bulldogs7 Central Florida Knights8 Michigan Wolverines9 Washington Huskies10 Florida GatorsUrban Meyer is content with where Ohio State is heading, though.The Buckeyes are set to play Washington in the Rose Bowl. It’s the first time that an Urban Meyer-coached team will play in the historic bowl game.Ohio State and Washington are set to kick off at 5 p.m. E.T. on New Year’s Day.last_img read more

4-Star DT Jamil Burroughs Decommits From Georgia

first_imgFans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)First-rate recruiting is going to be key for Georgia if they plan on winning a national title in the next few years. Unfortunately, it looks like the Bulldogs just lost one of their top recruits in the Class of 2020, in defensive tackle Jamil Burroughs.Taking to Twitter on Friday morning, Burroughs, a four-star recruit, announced that he was decommitting from Georgia. He explained that while he appreciated the opportunity to play for Georgia, he had to “do what I feel is right.”Burroughs initially committed to Georgia in August of last year.247Sports rates Burroughs as the No. 326 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 31 defensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 32 prospect from the state of Georgia. Respect my decision..🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/0GjltaUjm8— Jamil Burroughs’ (@jbthefreak) September 6, 2019The decommitment leaves Georgia with 17 players committed to the Class of 2020. Per 247Sports, the recruiting class is still ranked No. 5 in the nation, and No. 3 in the SEC.Jamil Burroughs didn’t identify where he might be leaning now that his commitment is open. But based on his travel history there’s one team that could be on his radar.Per 247Sports, since announcing his commitment in 2018, he has taken multiple visits to the University of Alabama, which appeared in his top six back in March of 2018. Georgia fans will certainly be furious if they see one of their top prospects go to the school that’s given them the most grief over the past few years.last_img read more

Spotted Port Houstons Cranes Start Their Journey

first_imgThree new super post-panamax cranes are currently being shipped aboard the heavy lift vessel ZHEN HUA 13 toward their destination – Port Houston’s Barbours Cut Container Terminal.Along the journey, which started in Shanghai on July 23, these 405-feet-tall cranes will travel with booms fully raised. Once they reach their destination after a two and a half month journey, the cranes are slated to replace three older ones at Barbours Cut.They are just a part of a USD 700 million modernization program under way at Barbours Cut to increase cargo-handling efficiency and capacity. In addition to new cranes, other improvements, including wharf and container yard reconfiguration measures, are expected to increase terminal capacity from 1.2 million to 2 million TEUs, adding to the 14 ship-to-shore wharf cranes and 44 rubber-tired gantry cranes(RTGs) currently operating at the site.“Considerable improvements are being made by Port Houston as we strategically prepare for expected growth,” Roger Guenther, Port Houston Executive Director, said.Last month, Port Houston informed that its Barbours Cut terminal established a new record for container lifts from one vessel when it undertook 4,198 moves while working with the 5,000 TEU containership COSCO BOSTON.The USD 33 million purchase of Port Houston’s super post-panamax cranes was approved by the Port Commission in 2015, and they are expected to be delivered to Barbours Cut on or around October 7.Image Courtesy: Port Houstonlast_img read more

Maersk ABS Study Finds Hazards Affecting Safety on Boxships

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Indian Coast Guard Hazards associated with dangerous goods stowage on containerships were identified on a range of boxship designs, a study conducted by Maersk Line and ABS showed.The Danish shipping major selected ABS to lead a comprehensive Hazard Identification (HAZID) study in the aftermath of the Maersk Honam fire on March 6, 2018.The workshop, which was launched in an effort to identify and evaluate potential hazards from dangerous cargoes stowage, identified hazards on a range of containership designs, many which are not fully addressed by the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.The outcome will include recommendations to improve stowage planning and hazard mitigation, leading to better management of risks, according to ABS.“We are encouraged by the outcome of this workshop which will lead to further safety improvements to be considered for the IMDG Code. With ABS and other leading international partners, we will now work to implement the recommendations we have identified,” Ole Graa Jakobsen, Maersk Line Head of Fleet Technology, said.Five crew members were lost in the devastating fire aboard Maersk Honam and, as salvage operations continue, Maersk Line said that it is “determined to explore all ways to further improve safety” onboard its vessels.last_img read more

Chemical Tanker Collides with Frigate in Taiwanese Port

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license The Saudi Arabia-flagged chemical tanker NCC Sama has collided with a Taiwanese frigate in the port of Keelung.According to The Central News Agency (CNA), the tanker was entering the port in the early morning hours on March 9 when the incident occurred.The 45,471 dwt vessel allegedly hit the Ning Yang (FF-938) Knox Class frigate in the middle of its port side. At the time, the tanker was arriving to Keelung from the Taiwanese Port of Taichung.According to AIS data provided by Marine Traffic, the unit is currently moored in Keelung.There were no reports of water pollution nor injuries following the incident.Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense was cited as saying that it would seek compensation for the damage to the frigate.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

New Diabetes Treatment Added to Pharmacare

first_imgNova Scotians with diabetes will have access to another type of insulin under the provincial Pharmacare program. Effective Aug. 1, Lantus, a long-acting insulin, will be added as a benefit on Pharmacare for eligible patients who need an alternative to NPH or other pre-mix insulin. “There are Nova Scotians who, after trying NPH insulin, may need an alternative treatment,” said David Wilson, Minister of Health and Wellness. “I am pleased that Lantus will be available to these patients to help them control their diabetes.” Lantus will be available for insulin-dependent diabetics taking NPH and/or a daily pre-mix insulin for at least three months, and have experienced unexplained nighttime hypoglycemia at least once a month. It will also be available for diabetics who have severe or continuing allergic reactions to their current insulin. “This treatment provides long-acting, controlled release of insulin over 24 hours without a pronounced peak,” said Mr. Wilson. “Therefore, Lantus will offer many patients the benefit of doses once a day, potentially fewer hypoglycemic episodes, and better blood glucose control.” An estimated 1,300 patients are expected to benefit from Lantus in the first year. “This is a positive step to ensure that people living with diabetes in Nova Scotia have access to medication that helps them manage their disease,” said Lisa Matte, regional director for the Canadian Diabetes Association. “We are pleased that Nova Scotia is leading the way as the first province in Atlantic Canada to provide coverage for alternative insulin therapy options. This is an important government commitment that will help improve the lives of people living with diabetes.” The province has worked to get better pricing for prescription drugs through a number of initiatives, including its Fair Drug Prices Plan. This year, government is on track to spend $7 million less on drugs because of the plan. This and other initiatives make it possible to add drugs like Lantus onto Pharmacare. “As a diabetic who is currently taking Lantus, I am thrilled that the province is adding this drug to its Pharmacare program,” said Gerald Ball, in insulin-dependent Type II diabetic from Liverpool. “I was having persistent reactions to my other insulin prescription and therefore needed to use Lantus. I am very happy that I will now be paying less for this important drug.” Nearly 180,000 Nova Scotians benefit from Nova Scotia’s Pharmacare program. More information about Pharmacare is available at www.gov.ns.ca/health/pharmacare .last_img read more

Redtape Reduction Helping Small Businesses Grow

first_imgEarlier this week, consultations on u-vint regulations closed. I am very pleased to complete another important step in a process that began many years ago for me and the entrepreneurs who operate these shops. After hearing from stakeholders, I am pleased to confirm that no new levy or fee will be introduced on ferment-on-premise products. Already, these businesses are expanding, hiring more Nova Scotians, and helping to grow our economy. We need to foster an environment in our province that allows business to grow and thrive. I agree with Ray Ivany and his recent report. Nova Scotia has everything we need, including people with the right skills, to turn our future around. U-vint entrepreneurs are recognizing and capitalizing on some of those opportunities. Since 2007, I have supported the legalization of u-vints. This hobby is allowed in many other Canadian provinces and it is a business model that is working, right now, in communities across our province. As I travel throughout Nova Scotia on my pre-budget tour, I am meeting with u-vint operators, business and community leaders and organizations in all sectors. I have been clear with them that we are focused on removing barriers to economic growth. In turn, they are telling me that reducing red tape and unnecessary regulation is something that can make a difference. In January, my colleague Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Mark Furey made changes to liquor licensing regulations, to allow beer made in-house at micropubs to be sold from the pub instead of having to be purchased from an adjacent, segregated storefront. The law prevented businesses from growing and frustrated customers. I am looking forward to announcing, in the next few weeks, more details about the provincial tax review which was promised during the election. This review will be comprehensive and will include a review of taxes, fees and regulations. The Nova Scotia tax system has been developed over many years and has never been updated in a cohesive way. Successive governments have made tweaks, but rarely revisited changes to confirm they were achieving what they set out to do. We are on the verge of appointing a project lead who will work with us to look broadly at the tax system and make sure it is not preventing business growth in our province. I look forward to continuing to work with all Nova Scotians to create conditions that support a stronger economy and more opportunities for us all. -30-last_img read more

Jennifer Garner Finds The Words For Save The Children

first_imgOn International Literacy Day on Sept. 8, Save the Children will join forces with actor and artist ambassador Jennifer Garner and other stars to host a day-long virtual word-a-thon and bring attention to the poverty-induced early learning gap.Video: Jennifer Garner #FindtheWordsThe event is part of the organization’s newly launched #FindtheWords campaign, designed to give voice to children in poverty who hear 30 million fewer words by age three than children from well-off families.“Every child has something to say, but 250 million children living in poverty in the United States and around the world don’t have the words they need,” said Jennifer Garner in a recently released public service announcement. An avid supporter of early childhood education, Garner will hold a virtual Q&A during the word-a-thon. “In this back-to-school season, please join me in supporting Save the Children to help kids in need #FindtheWords.”Leading up to the big day, 30 of the top influencers in the blogosphere have been riling up their audiences and garnering support through Save the Children’s 30 Days/30 Words blogger challenge. To raise awareness, each blogger has written a post highlighting a specific, meaningful word. The 30 posts in 30 days symbolize the 30 million words too many kids miss out on.“Each and every one of us can make a difference in the lives of all those children who continue to fall behind before they even start school,” said Save the Children president and CEO Carolyn Miles. “We call on all Americans to join us on Sept. 8 in helping shed light on this early learning crisis — we all have a favorite word, so post yours and tag it #FindtheWords.”Save the Children provides kids from poverty-stricken communities in the United States and around the world with access to books, essential learning support and a literacy-rich environment, setting them up for success in school and a brighter future. The organization’s domestic and global education programs receive support from a variety of corporate funders, including Bulgari, Carter’s, IKEA, Mattel, OshKosh B’gosh, Primrose Schools, PVH, Scholastic and T.J.Maxx.To learn more about Save the Children’s #FindtheWords campaign and how to get involved, visit www.SavetheChildren.org/FindtheWords.last_img read more

Trans Mountain approval met with promised resistance by First Nations

first_imgJustin Trudeau announced Tuesday the government has fulfilled its duty to consult Indigenous peoples and will move ahead with the Trans Mountain pipeline despite opposition from several First Nations who say they do not consent to the project.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe Trudeau government has approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and is promising to have shovels in the ground this summer.But First Nations are responding swiftly with commitments to resist the pipeline in order to protect the land, Indigenous rights, and to address the climate emergency.The long-awaited decision was announced Tuesday in Ottawa, following months of renewed consultations with Indigenous communities as ordered by the Federal Court of Appeal last August.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau justified the government’s decision on the basis it “has the potential to create thousands of solid middle class jobs for Canadians,” and that expanding the existing Trans Mountain pipeline’s oil sands output remains within the government’s carbon emission targets under the Paris agreement.On Monday parliament passed a non-binding motion from Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna declaring a climate emergency in Canada.Trudeau announced Tuesday the government will work with Indigenous stakeholders who have expressed interest in purchasing the pipeline in part or in whole.He said up to 100 per cent of the pipeline could end up in Indigenous investors’ hands.But the government’s consultations with First Nations, and its interpretation of free, prior and informed consent — a principle it has vowed to respect to through its commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) — fall far short of Indigenous peoples expectations.’Speaking at a press conference in Vancouver Tuesday, Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) Chief Leah George-Wilson responded to the government’s decision to approve the pipeline with a promise of renewed litigation in the Federal Court of Appeal.“We believe that the consultation, once again, missed the mark set by the Supreme Court of Canada — and we will defend our rights,” she said.“TWN continues to withhold our free, prior and informed consent and are prepared to use all legal tools to ensure our governance rights are respected.”First Nation leaders in B.C. also predicted a swell of grassroots resistance if the government attempts to begin construction in territories where consent has not been granted.Speaking of an old village and burial site on his people’s lands, Sumas First Nation Chief Dalton Silver said, “should any equipment come on to that site, we’ll be there to meet them.”A coalition of First Nations leaders in B.C. responded to the June 18 announcement by vowing legal and grassroots resistance. Photo: Simon Charland/APTN.Kukpi7 Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Indian Band said the Liberals’ second attempt to consult with First Nations “still doesn’t uphold the United Nations Declaration o the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ minimum human rights standards.“Clearly, there has been no adequate consultation…and also, most importantly, no consent,” she added, speaking at the joint First Nations’ press conference in Vancouver.Wilson referenced citizens of the Secwepemc Nation who have asserted themselves on their unceded lands.“I wanted to acknowledge our land defenders that are out on the land, I want to acknowledge our water keepers that are out on the land, that are continuing to uphold our Secwepemc and our Indigenous laws and legal orders and jurisdiction,” she said.“Because we hold the underlying title to the land. It has not been ceded, surrendered or sold, or relinquished in any way, shape or form to the provincial government or to the federal government.”Wilson called Trudeau’s approval of the pipeline “a continuation of the colonial acts of genocide” against Indigenous peoples.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said Tuesday that the government’s renewed process fulfilled the Federal Court of Appeal’s conditions on Indigenous consultation.“Our consultation was very thoughtful, meaningful, two-way, and we listened very carefully to the concerns from the communities,” he said.“We are satisfied that we have discharged our duty to consult with Indigenous communities.”Asked by APTN News what definition of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) the government adhered to in determining whether it had adequately consulted with First Nations, Trudeau said FPIC “is what we engaged in doing with Indigenous communities over the past number of months.“It is engaging, looking with them, listening to the issues they have, and responding meaningfully to the concerns they have wherever possible,” he explained.The prime minister said the consultations resulted in “changes to the process, to the NEB conditions…and that is an essential part of free, prior and informed consent.”The NDP came out strong against the government’s decision.In question period Tuesday, before Trudeau’s anticipated green light of Trans Mountain, New Westminster—Burnaby MP Peter Julian said “climate leaders don’t try to ram through raw bitumen pipelines and they don’t run roughshod over Indigenous rights. Just one spill could wipe out thousands of jobs in the fisheries and tourism for a generation.”NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said the Liberals should have gone further than the Federal Court of Appeal’s order on Indigenous consultation and instead used UNDRIP as the “roadmap” for engaging with Indigenous nations on the project.He referenced Cree MP Romeo Saganash’s private member’s bill, C-262, which has reached the final stages of the legislative process but is up against significant resistance from the Conservative Party.If passed the bill would require Canada to align its laws with UNDRIP.“That’s the roadmap that we’ve presented in law, and that law has been passed in the House; it’s being held up in the Senate,” said Singh. “But that’s the law that lays out the ground plan for how we move ahead with any project, and how we move forward in a way that respects Indigenous sovereignty and in a way that respects the rights of Indigenous peoples.”Conservative leader Andrew Scheer criticized the Liberals on Tuesday over their “failure…to get the Indigenous consultations done properly.”He said consultation “has to be more than someone just showing up with a notebook and ticking a box. It has to be a dynamic consultation that actually addresses the concerns of Indigenous communities and takes those into account.”Scheer also said if the “very high standards” laid out by the courts “are met by project proponents, that the project has to be able to proceed.“We don’t live in a country where any one person or any one group has a veto,” he continued. “We have an obligation to do consultations properly, and as the government we will continue to find avenues to ensure that Indigenous communities benefit from these projects, like the dozens and dozens of Indigenous communities who signed benefit agreements with both Trans Mountain and Northern Gateway.”Project Reconciliation, an Indigenous-led organization vying for a majority stake in the pipeline, applauded the Liberals’ decision Tuesday.“We see the possibility to make this a pipeline to reconciliation,” the group’s executive chair and founder, former Thunderbird First Nation Chief Delbert Wapass, said in a written statement Tuesday.“It’s high time Indigenous Peoples had a seat. This is about us taking the lead on protecting the environment and controlling the revenue that will allow us to move from poverty to prosperity.”While some Indigenous leaders see the fossil fuel industry as an avenue out of poverty, others argue addressing the climate crisis and strengthening Indigenous rights are more pressing issues to ensure the well-being of future generations.Khelsilem, a councillor with the Squamish Nation, said Tuesday that the feds’ second attempt at consulting with Indigenous groups was inadequate.“This government is not committed to reconciliation when they choose to fight us in court, when they choose to approve these pipelines without our consent, and when they choose to behave in such a dishonourable way.”Trudeau said that regardless of how much Canada tries to get consent, some First Nations just don’t want to give it.“There are people out there for whom no amount of accommodations or conditions or changes to the plan would have made the purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline, and the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, acceptable,” he said.Trudeau was joined by several cabinet ministers at Tuesday’s announcement in Ottawa. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN.“Those people will not be convinced by the arguments that we have put forward. We accept that, and they will use the legal means at their disposal to advance that argument.“But we also know…that people expect us to move forward that both create good jobs for the future and protect our environment for our kids.”The government hired former Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci to ensure Canada met the Federal Court of Appeal’s requirements for the renewed consultation process with Indigenous communities.“We are confident that we have responded to what the court laid out as the right pathway forward towards an approval for this project,” Trudeau said. “And that is the determination we made this morning in cabinet.”Responding to Tuesday’s announcement, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde, who represents communities that both support and oppose Trans Mountain, reiterated AFN’s position that First Nations “are the rights and title holders and our rights, title and jurisdiction must be respected.”Bellegarde said in the written statement that Trans Mountain “is an important reminder why the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and free, prior and informed consent is the way forward.“It’s the way we avoid conflict, lengthy and costly court cases. It’s how we create peaceful approaches and economic certainty for everyone.”He reiterated his call that Senators pass Bill C-262 before Parliament rises for the summer.“Implementing this basic international standard should not delay development. It’s a way forward and a way to better ensure economic certainty. Avoiding it actually creates economic instability for the country.”Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs remarked Tuesday that the government’s response to Indigenous concerns is cyclical.“It’s amazing that governments never learn. They keep making the same mistakes over and over again and somehow they expect a different result,” he said.“The springtime is a time when the land renews itself, the land reawakens. And in regard to the Trans Mountain expansion project, I think what you’re witnessing here is a reawakening of the spirit of resistance,” Phillip continued.“And like the sun that brings forward the spring, this decision today will bring forward that growing resistance on the part of Indigenous peoples walking once again in solidarity with their friends and neighbours, and their allies.”jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

African Development Bank Supports Morocco’s Agriculture

Rabat – African Development Bank (BAD) has outlined EU 200 million loan dedicated to finance the program of support for the inclusive and sustainable development of agricultural sectors in Morocco.The new operation aims to support job creation in rural areas through the inclusive development of agricultural value chains, the African bank said in a statement.“This program will thus strengthen the sustainability of jobs created through green governance and even more effective management of water resources,” adds the same source, stressing that “in the continuity of the Bank’s historic support, the program will contribute to the implementation of agriculture, environment, employment, and professional training.” Aligned with three of the Bank’s five strategic priorities, the project responds primarily to the “Feeding Africa” goal and hopes to promote the two other strategic objectives, namely “Improve life quality of the African people” and “Industrialize Africa,” according to BAD.The agricultural support is one aspect of the 2017-2021 Country-Strategy document for Morocco, in line with its second pillar focused on improving living conditions through employment for young people, women, and men living in rural area.The country manager of the BAD in Morocco, Leila Farah Mokaddem, highlighted how the project is projected to boost Morocco’s exports revenues to MAD 45 million by 2030 and save 990 million cubic meters of water. By 2020, it aims to mobilize MAD 4 billion of private investment in the agricultural sector to create thousands of jobs for young people and women in rural areas.Foundational infrastructure, covering the energy, water, transport, agriculture, and social development sectors, will compose 80 percent of the total financing. read more

Ban Kimoon signs agreement to bolster ties with Southeast Asian forum

At a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban and ASEAN Secretary-General Ong Keng Yong signed a memorandum of understanding to increase cooperation in achieving regional peace and stability as well in reaching the Millennium Development Goals, a series of eight targets to eliminate poverty and other ills by 2015.Under the memorandum, ASEAN and the UN will collaborate – through the exchange of information and expertise and joint technical assistance programmes – on issues of mutual interest in political, economic and socio-cultural areas, among others. Both leaders will ensure that the agreement is implemented and that there is effective communication between the two Secretariats.The granting of UN observer status to ASEAN by the General Assembly and today’s agreement reflect the recognition of the role of the 10-member forum in regional peace and development, Mr. Ong noted.Acknowledging ASEAN’s contributions, Mr. Ban said the new pact is built on the long-standing relationship between the two organizations as well as the UN’s commitment to work closely with regional groups.The signing ceremony was witnessed by ASEAN’s foreign ministers, who held a working luncheon with Mr. Ban today. 27 September 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today entered into an agreement with his counterpart at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to boost ties between the two organizations. read more