10 Free Apps for Filmmakers

first_imgThese 10 free apps make filmmaking easier.If you’re out on-set or on-the-go, these filmmaking related apps that can be quickly accessed on your phone or mobile device. From camera manuals and data calculators to focus charts and production forms, we’ve unearthed some of the best filmmaking related titles from the App Store. The best part – they won’t cost you a thing.All of the apps below are available for Apple devices (iPhone, iPad), but some may be available for Android devices as well. Do you use any of these apps? Got others to recommend? Let us know in the comments below!1. Cinema FormsCinema forms is designed to help you go paperless on-set. The app has a number of commonly used filmmaking forms that can be saved on the device, so you can focus on the film, not keeping up with papers. This app is only available for iPad, but if you are looking for a way to have all your forms in one place, it’s a great option. There is an additional “Pro” version for $30 that gives you access to all the forms beyond the initial 13 you are given in the free version.2. GoboGobo is a digital directory with commonly used filmmaking terms. It is meant to be a resource for filmmakers who may be new to the film industry. From video formats to color temperature charts you’ll find lots of good information here.3. LVRUSALVRUSA is designed as a pocket manual for some commonly used cameras in the industry. Here you’ll find various useful information like how long you can record on a certain card and the crop factor for an APS-C sensor. LVRUSA also has dozens of camera manuals on file making it incredibly easy to reference. Our friends over at the BlackandBlue.com also have a set of camera pocket guides for nearly every professional camera – definitely worth checking out.4. AJA Data CalculatorThe AJA Data Calculator does exactly what you might imagine a data calculator should do, it calculates how large your file sizes will be for various shooting scenarios. In the app users can select a variety of codecs and file formats for both video and audio. You don’t have to be shooting on an AJA camera for this app to be useful to you.5. Kodak Cinema ToolsThe Kodak Cinema Tools app is designed as a resource for filmmakers and photographers alike. In the app users have access to a sunrise/sunset calculator, depth of field calculator, & film run time calculator, along with various other useful apps. This app may have been designed for those shooting on actual film, but it is definitely useful for digital shooters as well.6. Panascout LiteUnfortunately Panascout doesn’t turn your iPhone into a Panavision camera, but it is a location scouting app that allows users to take pictures of potential locations with GPS data attached. The app also allows users to account for varying aspect ratios and crop factors so you can get a good idea as to what the framing will be once your get your camera there. Panavision Lite also comes equipped with a sunrise/sunset indicator7. Magic HourMagic Hour is less about pre-production and more about incorporating filmmaking/photography into you everyday life. As you probably already know magic hour is the special time of day where lighting and colors are perfect for capturing photos and video. This app gives you a push notification every day when magic hour begins.8. Celtex ShotsCeltex Shots is an app designed to assist users in creating storyboards and on-set blocking. Using the available icons, users can drag and drop lights, subjects and props into the scene, making it easy to share blocking ideas with crew members. The app also allows users to share storyboards with other crew members by sending stills via email in a variety of formats. Users can also save stills to their photo roll for easy sharing and access on-set.9. SMAPPSMAPP has a useful lens selection tool that helps determine what lenses you’ll need for certain shooting situations. It also has a packing tool that provides a list of recommended equipment to pack for different scenarios. One of the best features is the stabilization recommendation tool – which will tell you if you should use a monopod, tripod, slider, glidecam, etc, based on the type of shooting you’re doing. These features, plus built-in tutorials, make this a must-have filmmaking app.10. Focus ChartTrying to check the focus of your lens? With the free Focus Chart app you can easily test and focus your lens. There aren’t a lot of bells-and-whistles here, but if you do a lot of lens calibration you might want check out this free app.last_img read more

SKM stakes claim to govt., joins NDA

first_imgThe Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), which won the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Sikkim, has decided to join the National Democratic Alliance, a party spokesperson said on Saturday.“Before the polls, we were in talks with the BJP for a pre-poll understanding but it did not come through. Now, we are happy to be part of NDA,” party spokesperson Jacob Khaling told The Hindu. Sikkim has only one Lok Sabha seat, which the SKM’s Indra Hang Subba won by defeating Sikkim Democratic Front’s D.B. Katwal.An SKM delegation led by its president, P.S. Golay, met Governor Ganga Prasad on Saturday and staked claim to form the next government in the State. Mr. Golay said that the new Chief Minister will be sworn on May 27, but kept up the suspense over whom the party would nominate.last_img read more

Baramati downs shutters; protests by NCP youth wing in Pune, Mumbai, Nashik

first_imgA day after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) initiated a money-laundering probe against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, his nephew Ajit Pawar and others in the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank (MSCB) loan irregularities, Baramati — the bastion of the Pawar clan — observed a total shutdown in support of the NCP supremo.Educational institutions, business establishments and shops downed shutters in Baramati and neighbouring Indapur tehsil, while protests organised by the NCP youth wing were staged in Pune, Mumbai, Nashik and other parts of the State including the Marathwada region, especially Beed and Aurangabad districts.Large crowds, including schoolgoing children, were seen throughout Baramati raising slogans in Mr. Pawar’s support, while angry demonstrations by NCP activists were witnessed accompanied by burning of effigies of the ED.Speaking in Mumbai, former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said no irregularities of even a single paisa had occurred at MSCB.“After an FIR was lodged against me and others on the direction of the Bombay High Court and the economic offences wing (EOW) of the police was probing the case, a certain individual filed a PIL claiming a scam of ₹ 25,000 crore had taken place…moreover, Sharad Pawar has no relation whatsoever with this case and neither was he ever a director of this bank. To the best of my knowledge, the total deposits of the bank were ₹13,000 crore. So, how could irregularities of ₹25,000 crore have transpired?” he asked.He said that MSCB directors were from a number of political parties including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Shiv Sena and the Congress, and not just the NCP. “Had there been irregularities of this magnitude [₹25,000 crore], the bank would not have been showing a profit of ₹300 crore today,” Mr. Ajit Pawar said.Meanwhile, Sharad Pawar’s grand nephew, Rohit Pawar, hit out at the BJP saying the allegations were clearly politically motivated. “The ED’s probe only illustrates that the BJP has no real issue to talk about. Since it has failed to deliver on its tall promises, it is now attempting to divert public attention by indulging in such undignified moves and misusing probe agencies,” said Mr. Rohit Pawar.Sandhya Sonawane, head of NCP’s youth wing in Ahmednagar, said the response generated by Mr. Pawar’s pre-poll tours across the State had rattled the BJP.“As a result, the ruling government is resorting to such base tactics by unleashing the ED on Pawar saaheb. However, the public will give the BJP a fitting reply in the forthcoming elections,” she said.last_img read more

4-Star QB Taulia Tagovailoa Officially Signs With Alabama

first_imgTaulia Tagovailoa ahead of taking a high school snap.AL.comTaulia Tagovailoa, younger brother of Alabama superstar quarterback Tua, committed to Alabama back in April, but that didn’t stop other big programs from trying to flip him.He wasn’t a solid commit all fall though. With his brother holding onto the starting job for at least another year, there’s seemed to be a chance that he’d blaze his own trail.Tennessee was involved, and LSU made a pretty big push on the younger Tagovailoa during the middle of the season.He remained a member of the Crimson Tide class throughout, though, and today, he made it official.Taulia Tagovailoa signed with Alabama football this morning.It probably wasn’t the most dramatic moment of the day for Crimson Tide fans, but they can let out a sigh of relief nevertheless.It’s official! Taulia Tagovailoa is headed to play for #Alabama! #RollTide ? pic.twitter.com/W8PdatS6iF— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) December 19, 2018247Sports has Tagovailoa as a four-star recruit, and the No. 110 player in his class. He is the No. 5 pro-style quarterback, and sixth-ranked player in Alabama.The Crimson Tide are expected to have the No. 1 class in the country when everything shakes out.last_img read more

Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur back in court Oct 22

first_imgTORONTO – The case of a man accused of killing eight men with ties to Toronto’s gay village has been put over for several weeks.Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old self-employed landscaper, faces eight counts of first-degree murder.The remains of seven men were recovered from planters at a property where McArthur had worked in the months following his arrest last January.Police later found the remains of the eighth alleged victim in a ravine behind the same property in midtown Toronto.McArthur appeared briefly by video Friday morning and is now expected to appear in person on Oct. 22.Lead detective Insp. Hank Idsinga has said he doesn’t believe there are any more alleged victims.last_img read more

Abuse case shows few rules protect kids in online videos

PHOENIX — Family video blogs are now a multimillion-dollar industry, but few regulations are in place to protect children who star in them.Concerns about the lack of legal protections for kids who appear in money-making videos come amid a child abuse case in Arizona.A mother was indicted Tuesday on charges of abusing her children who had starred in a popular series of YouTube videos, including punishing them if they performed poorly during filming.Experts say starring in online videos can be confusing for kids and no federal law protects them.But many parents say it’s a dream to make a living off sharing their family’s everyday lives. They say they get to spend valuable time with their kids and start college and retirement funds for them.Astrid Galvan, The Associated Press read more

Sri Lankan officials say ready for El Niño

Sri Lankan officials say the country is prepared to face the El Niño weather phenomenon in the last quarter of 2015 and take precautions based on the experience of the recent past.Temperatures have remained above average this year and a prolonged dry spell has left over 200,000 in the Northern Province thirsting for safe drinking water. But, officials at the Meteorological Department (MD) and the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) say the impacts are manageablem SciDev.Net reported. But, Chandrapala says Sri Lanka is now better prepared to deal with fluctuating climate trends that have resulted in frequent extreme weather events. “It is about long-term planning — we are better prepared than we were five years back.”“So far, there is no sign that things will worsen, we have not received any warnings from the MD or the agriculture department of major crop losses,” Pradeep Koddiplili, DMC deputy director, tells SciDev.Net.Sri Lanka has seen five major floods and four major droughts since 2010, attributed by changing climate. (Colombo Gazette) “We have analysed past weather patterns when El Niño was active and what we have seen is that in the last quarter of the year rains, in fact, increase in this part of the globe,” says L. Chandrapala, director-general of the MD. “More rains in the last quarter of the year would be welcome following a weak South West Monsoon — the monsoon was below 75 per cent this year.”The failure of the rains and high temperatures have caused ground water resources to dwindle in the Northern Province. Over the last two months, the DMC has been supporting local authorities to deliver water to the worst-hit communities. However, some assessments also predict that South Asia was likely to receive above average rains in late 2015. “Countries on the equator can expect more rain, flooding and higher sea levels as El Niño takes hold,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says. According to global weather forecasts the periodic warming of the Pacific Ocean called El Niño has now set in with most predicting it to be similar in strength to an occurrence in 1997. “The strong El Niño is expected to last until at least the end of the year before declining in the first quarter of 2016,” the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said in an update on 13 October. read more

Hamilton has its 10th shooting of the year

A man in his 20’s was shot at a bar in downtown Hamilton. Hamilton Police established a task force to combat the sharp rise of gun violence in the city. Shots rang out inside of Boulevard Billiards on York Bloulevard at Queen Street. Police say a man in his 20’s was shot and taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. While some say the bar is a fun and inviting place others say the Billiards bar, which shares a building with Tonic night club is rowdy and unsafe. The businesses next to the Billiards bar and even businesses across the street say this is very concerning. This is the city’s 10th shooting of the year. Police have put together a task force to help combat gun violence and drug trafficking after an alarming increase of incidents. Hamilton police have not released any details about the attacker who fled the scene. read more

Canadian military deploys in wake of Dorian to clear roads restore power

HALIFAX — Canada’s government authorized hundreds of troops on Sunday to help clear trees after Storm Dorian tore through the Atlantic coast overnight, leaving almost half a million people in three provinces without power.Dorian, classified as a strong post-tropical storm, hit Nova Scotia hard, leaving more than 370,000 people – a third of the population – without power. About 100,000 others in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island also had no electricity.Though no longer a hurricane, the storm is still packing cyclone-strength winds reaching about 130 kph (81 mph), the Canadian Hurricane Centre said.“Dorian will slowly weaken as it moves northeastward across northern Newfoundland later today and east of Labrador tonight,” the center said overnight.The defense ministry said it would send up to 700 troops to help in the clean-up, and Nova Scotians have been asked to stay off the roads so that crews can safely remove trees and debris to restore power.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“There is extensive damage,” Karen Hutt, chief executive office of Nova Scotia Power Inc, said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. “This storm was intense” and it will be “days not hours” before power is restored to everyone.The storm blew over a large construction crane in downtown Halifax, the capital of the province of Nova Scotia, on Saturday. No serious injuries have been reported.Dorian ripped into the Bahamas a week ago with Category 5 winds and some gusts topping 320 kph (200 mph), leaving a trail of destruction and death, with 43 confirmed dead and the number expected to rise.(Writing by Steve Scherer in Ottawa; Editing by Howard Goller) read more

Annual UN economic report warns about dangers of global trade imbalances

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in its annual report released today, characterizes the global economy as one of “relatively fast growth in developing countries, driven by strong global demand originating mainly in the United States and amplified by the rapid expansion of the large Chinese economy.” The report finds little evidence of a looming major financial crisis, comparable to the Asian or Latin American crises of 10 years ago. It notes that many developing countries are now less vulnerable to big shocks because they have stabilized their exchange rates at low levels and are running sizeable current-account surpluses and accumulating large amounts of dollar reserves. That approach poses a problem, however, because it “can only function as long as there is at least one country in the global economy that accepts running the corresponding trade deficit,” the report says. That country, the US, has become overburdened in its role as “global engine for growth.” UNCTAD economists fear that, at some point, American demand will no longer be able to act as a bulwark against worldwide deflation and recession. They add that other key industrial countries have not only failed to play their part, but have actually added to the US’ burden by running up huge surpluses of their own. They say countries like Japan and Germany must increase their domestic demand to prevent a sharp devaluation of the American dollar that could send shocks reverberating throughout the developing world. The report notes that China’s surging domestic demand and imports have played a positive and vital role in spreading and sustaining global growth. To prevent that process from being derailed, its currency, the renminbi, should not be revalued too quickly. UNCTAD economists say that redressing global imbalances requires a responsible multilateral effort rather than pressure on the developing world. “A well-coordinated international macroeconomic approach would considerably enhance the chances of poorer countries being able to preserve and continue recent improvements in their growth performances,” the report notes. read more

Football Kerry Coombs expects plenty of young players in the secondary rotation

OSU cornerbacks and special teams coach Kerry Coombs talks to the media on March 30 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorSpoiled with the likes of potential first-round picks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley last season, Ohio State football is returning just senior safety Damon Webb to its secondary. Although most writers and analysts deemed Lattimore and Conley the only two starters at cornerback, with redshirt sophomore Damon Arnette returning as the potential nickelback, cornerbacks and special teams coach Kerry Coombs feels one Buckeye keeps getting left out.“You guys keep saying (Denzel Ward) wasn’t a starter last year, and I know he didn’t walk out onto the field for the first snap of the game, but he played the same number of snaps as Marshon and Gareon,” Coombs said on Thursday. “So I would prefer it if you guys would refer to him as the third starter at corner. Because that’s what he was. We had a true three-man rotation.”Arnette was scrutinized for some mistakes early in the season, and eventually lost snaps to Ward. With both players entering their third year at OSU, it’s a race to see who will get the nod as a starter for the Scarlet and Gray next season.  However, with a slew of young players arriving with their fair share of accolades and hype behind them, it might not be a clear-cut depth chart in the secondary, much like it was last season for OSU. Only this time, Coombs might be increasing the number of players who see snaps in the defensive backfield.“I tell them all the time in the room, if we have four guys who can go out there and cover their man so that he doesn’t catch the ball, we’ll play four,” he said. “In addition to the nickel.”Of the potential contributors, Coombs said any one of the incoming members of the 2017 recruiting class can make an impact.“The new guys are really, really playing well, as is (sophomore) Rodjay Burns,” he said. “This group of kids, from a pecking order standpoint, if we lined up today, I would expect six of them to play, or maybe seven, during the course of a game. They’re that talented, and we’re keep fresh guys out there.”Although Coombs isn’t giving anything away in terms of who he feels is the top cornerback, it would seem easy to infer Ward should be the frontrunner. After matching the number of snaps had by the two lead corners who will be playing soon in the NFL, his resume is impressive.Plus, Coombs would have to answer to OSU coach Urban Meyer if he wasn’t putting the best players on the field.“I don’t run out a guy who’s not as good as the other guys,” he said. “Who would do that? Have you met my boss? He would say, ‘Dammit, what are you doing?’”Webb, who will be staying at his position from last season while coaches attempt to find a replacement for Malik Hooker, said he shares the sentiments of his coaches, and is excited by what might come this season.“I see the younger players on the team coming along real well,” Webb said. “Incoming freshman, dudes that were on the team last year, I feel like they’re all stepping up and fighting. This is one of the best springs that I’ve had too.”OSU will present its new-look secondary on April 15 during the annual spring game. While the starters for the game might not be the same as the regular season, the scrimmage will give a good look into who is pulling ahead. read more

Midwife murder Husband of Samantha Eastwoods exfiances sister remanded in custody over

Police searched near Stoke for missing midwifeCredit:PA A £10,000 fundraising appeal has been launched for the funeral, to enable her family to give her “the send-off she deserves” and has already raised almost £4,000.Miss Eastwood was last seen in uniform leaving work at Royal Stoke Hospital at 7.45am on Friday July 27.Devastated colleagues on Monday  laid flowers and messages around a temporary memorial plaque which described her as “a much-loved and valued member” of the team.A post-mortem was carried out on Sunday but it is believed further tests were required to ascertain the cause of death. Midwife Samantha Eastwood whose body was found last weekCredit:PA Stirling, a fencing contractor, was originally arrested on suspicion of kidnap on Sunday July 29, two days after Miss Eastwood was reported missing, but was released pending inquiries.He was re-arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday, when the body was found. Two other men, aged 28 and 60, were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender but released on conditional bail.In a statement released by Staffordshire Police, Miss Eastwood’s family thanked supporters for their efforts. Police searching Tickhill Lane in Caverswall near Stoke for missing midwife They said: “The family of Samantha would like to ask that their privacy is respected at this terrible time.”We would like to say ‘thank you’ to all the people who followed Samantha’s story and tried their best to help.” The brother-in-law of a missing midwife’s ex-fiance appeared in court on Monday accused of her murder.Michael Stirling, 32, was charged with killing Samantha Eastwood, 28, after a body was found dumped in a disused salt quarry in remote woodland near Caverswall, Staffs, six miles from her home.His wife is the sister of Miss Eastwood’s former fiance, John Peake, 34.Stirling was brought before North Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court in Newcastle-Under-Lyme wearing handcuffs and grey prison clothing.He spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth but did not enter a plea during the brief, three-minute hearing. He was remanded in custody to appear via live video link at Stafford Crown Court on Wednesday.The charge states that Stirling allegedly murdered Miss Eastwood between July 26 and August 5 at Baddeley Green. Midwife Samantha Eastwood whose body was found last week Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Qatari Prince Cup Final Markussen and Beutler for the trophy

Nikolaj Markussenprince handball cupQatar handballQatari handball In the Final of Qatari “Prince Cup” today will meet El Jaish and Al Qiada. Both teams are playing on the high level during this competition. Danish star Nikolaj Markussen will have opportunity alongside Dan Beutler, Klemen Cehte (he came from RK Gorenje on loan), Bojan Skoko, Al Ahmar to win the trophy with El Jaish. On the other side, team of Croatian coach Silvio Ivandija with Zoran Roganovic as the biggest star will try to win after defeat in the Championship final last month… ← Previous Story Siarhei Rutenka looking for the 6th EHF CL trophy! Next Story → Antonio Carlos Ortega about F4 in Cologne: “Kiel and Barca for the trophy” read more

RIM may be replacing its CEOs

first_imgRIM has seen better days. Pre-iPhone, circa 2006, the Blackberry was the premium smartphone to have. That all changed in the summer of 2007, when Apple’s first handset launched and it began to turn the market upside down. RIM’s market share has been steadily dropping for the last few years, with no end in sight. The company’s co-CEOs, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, haven’t been able to stop the hemorrhaging, yet they’ve kept their jobs. Things, however, may be changing. The company is reportedly considering replacing the two as chairmen of the board.The two co-founders have previously been hesitant to relinquish their titles as chairmen, so they won’t likely be eager to yield. They own a combined 12% of the company and are the second and third largest RIM shareholders.The frontrunner to replace Lazaridis and Balsillie as chair is Barbara Stymiest. The 55-year-old independent director is a former COO of Royal Bank of Canada; she has been a RIM board member since 2007 (as it happens, the beginning of the company’s decline).The move is a suggestion of an independent committee (including Stymiest) that was created to examine the company’s board structure. One of the committee’s tasks was to weigh the pros and cons of the checks and balances of having an independent chair vs. the efficiency of having CEOs and chairmen one and the same.Whatever RIM’s board ultimately decides on, it would need a blood transfusion in order to thrive again. While declining market share is the end result, it doesn’t take a genius to see the lack of vision that caused it. While the iPhone (and later Android) shifted the smartphone industry to multitouch devices, Blackberry products have stayed largely the same since the mid 2000’s. Inside sources have said that the CEOs have insisted on features like an upgraded speakerphone to make their products stand out.Despite facing its worst year in 2011 — with stocks falling 75% — the company doesn’t appear to have learned much. The CEOs are now putting their stock in the next version of the Blackberry software, BB 10, as a saving grace. This is the same software that ran on the Blackberry Playbook, one of tech’s biggest disappointments of 2011.via Financial Postlast_img read more

Wrangell Opens A New Cultural Center Carving Shed

first_imgThe Wrangell Cooperative Association cut the ribbon on its cultural center and carving shed Saturday, completing the second phase of the tribe’s three-part Native cultural revival plan. The center will serve as a place for recreating eight sacred totem poles and for teaching Native arts.Dancers started the dedication of the Wrangell Cooperative Association Cultural Center with a performance in front of the new building’s gleaming cedar façade. A crowd gathered in the street for the grand opening of what is also known as the carving facility.Download AudioDancers kick off the grand opening of the Wrangell Cooperative Association Cultural Center on Saturday, July 25, 2015. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)Wrangell Tribal Council Vice President Richard Oliver said it is a place for local artists, carvers and entrepreneurs to develop their skills and trade.“Our mission is to foster the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of our tribe,” Oliver said. “And it is also to help build a strong, unified and self-reliant membership.”It is the second part of a three-phase plan to revive the Wrangell tribe’s assets. The first part was completed when the Chief Shakes Tribal House was rebuilt in 2013. The next step for the association is to carve replicas of eight totem poles that used to stand near the tribal house on Shakes Island. The cultural center is where carvers will work on that project.Virginia Oliver introduced Tlingit elder Marge Byrd.Photo: Katarina Sostaric/KSTK“Cedar Rope Mother is going to help us bless the building right now. She is the one that had been holding the culture here in Wrangell for us,” Oliver said. “And she was holding on with a cedar rope, holding us all together so we could come here today so that you could be a witness to this.”Together, they led a cedar bough ceremony to purify the new building. A long line of tribal members and spectators slowly circled the outside of the building, singing and brushing the walls with fragrant cedar boughs. When everyone circled the building, Byrd, Cedar Rope Mother, spoke.“It’s like we always hear. We’ve been here for a long time. And we’ll always be here, as long as you hear our drum,” Byrd said. “We’re here, and we’re going forward. We have our new facility. We have our new Shakes house, and some other things going on ahead to keep our culture alive for our children and our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren.”Oliver explained cedar is a cleansing and purifying medicine of the Tlingit people. She said it is wonderful to see these ceremonies being revived in Wrangell.“It’s powerful to me. I’m so glad that this is finally happening,” Oliver said. “And now we’re looking forward to the re-carving of our totem poles and putting up those totem poles and putting the other ones to rest.”Sealaska board member Richard Rinehart Jr., who is from Wrangell, said he wanted to convey the regional Native corporation’s appreciation for the cultural revival that has taken place in the local Native community.Tlingit elder Marge Byrd thanks project manager Todd White.“It’s obvious, and everybody can see it,” Rinehart Jr. said. “Where for a number of years things seemed silent. Our old ANB hall had fallen into disrepair. Our totem poles were falling down. The totem poles are still down, but thanks to Rasmuson and a number of the other contributors, these things are all coming back to life.”The Rasumson Foundation supports Alaskan nonprofits, and it helped fund construction of the cultural center and the Chief Shakes Tribal House.Rinehart Jr. also mentioned the role this cultural revival plays in the effort to push landless legislation through Congress to make the Wrangell tribe a federally recognized Native village.Construction of the carving facility was completed last fall, led by Project Manager Todd White. It has already housed a major carving project and Native arts classes. Artists also use the building to sell their goods to tourists.Tribal Administrator Aaron Angerman said it has been more than 10 years since they started planning the cultural restoration.“It’s great to see that we’re this far and knowing that we’re going to be carving these totems very soon. And we made it this far from next to nothing,” Angerman said. “And I’m really confident these things will pay dividends to members of this community for decades and decades to come.”After a series of speeches, it was time to cut the big blue ribbon tied across the front doors.Kris Norosz of the Rasmuson Foundation held the ribbon down so Marge Byrd could cut it, and they welcomed everyone inside.last_img read more

DhakaMymensingh train service resumes

first_imgtrain file photoThe rail communication between Mymensingh and Dhaka resumed after three and a half hours of suspension following derailment of a train in Bangladesh Agriculture University area in Mymensingh on Monday morning, reports UNB.One compartment of Dhaka-bound ‘Bhawal Express Mail’ veered off the tracks around 6:00am, said Mosharraf Hossain, officer-in-charge of government railway police.On information, a relief train came and cleared the rail tracks around 9:30am, said the OC.last_img read more

Limited edition Halo 4 320GB Xbox 360 leaks

first_imgIt seems Microsoft is planning to release a limited edition Halo 4 Xbox 360 console. Is anyone really surprised? The Microsoft Store accidentally revealed it yesterday, before it was swiftly taken back down.The bundle includes a specially designed console with, of course, the new Halo 4 game included. We can therefore expect it to ship day and date with the game in early November. There will also be DLC included for Halo 4 as well as two controllers, a black headset, and a 320GB hard drive. The Halo 4 DLC will include codes for a unique armor skin, weapon skin, emblem, avatar armor, and avatar prop.The console itself has a rather unique feature: Halo 4 sound effects will play when you turn it on or press the disc eject button. That might be cool to begin with, but owners will likely be looking for the mute button after a few months of hearing the same sound effects over and over again.The futuristic looking design was created by Halo 4 developer 343 industries, with the casing actually consisting of clear plastic so you can see all the inner workings of your controller and console. The two wireless controllers also carry blue LED lights and the new rotating d-pad.We expect this bundle to be announced on Saturday at Comic Con during the Halo 4: A new campaign and Halo Infinity multiplayer panel. Apparently, the bundle was listed on the Microsoft Store at $399.99 before it disappeared, so expect to pay $100 more than the standard 250GB hard drive console if you want one.Halo 4 will be released on Xbox 360 only, on November 6.via Allgamesbetalast_img read more

Mexican navy takes over Acapulco police force US issues new travel alert

first_imgClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Acapulco, Guerrero — The Navy of Mexico has taken over the entire police force of Acapulco after ongoing suspicions of inside corruption.On Tuesday, the Secretaría de Marina-Armada de México moved in, arresting two Acapulco police commanders who are allegedly linked to murders. Federal forces also arrested the director of the highway police for carrying unofficial weapons.Authorities have confirmed that so far, three police officers from the city of Acapulco have been taken into custody due to alleged connections to organized crime.Roberto Álvarez, security spokesman for the state of Guerrero, explained that soldiers from the navy, along with federal and state police, deployed a ground and air operation around the facilities of the Municipal Preventive Police in Acapulco to disarm their agents and review the weapons and radio communication equipment.Álvarez said that the secretary of municipal public security, Max Lorenzo Sedano, along with the rest of the agents that make up that dependency, are also subject to investigation.“The decision, implemented by the Guerrero Coordination Group, was due to the increase of the incidences of crime that has been registered in the municipality and the lack of action by the municipal police to deal with the crimes,” he added.Immediately after the take over, the US Embassy in Mexico City issued a new no-travel alert for its citizens for the state of Guerrero. last_img read more