Is Episodic Content the Future of Long-Form Documentary Filmmaking?

first_imgEpisodic nonfiction has risen greatly in popularity over the last five years. Is it a simple trend or is the format here to stay?Top image via Ken BurnsLong-form episodic documentary content is not a new concept. Ken Burns has been creating this content for years and you can easily find examples of it most anywhere. However, what has changed is the way in which episodic nonfiction film is consumed. Another noteworthy change: The platforms it’s consumed on. These new-age episodic nonfiction films are now being binge-watched on Netflix and becoming items of pop culture. Creation of this long-form episodic nonfiction content is becoming widespread and the results are being consumed more aggressively and frequently. As filmmakers, this is a method of filmmaking that we need to explore more as a viable method of storytelling.Image via PBSWithin these last couple of years, we’ve seen Netflix jump on the bandwagon of episodic nonfiction with Last Chance U, Making a Murderer, Chef’s Table, and Cooked. The company has now become a leader in providing this content and has also helped facilitate its higher demand. So with the successes of Netflix and these films, does it mean that episodic content will be the future of documentary filmmaking?Who’s Noticing this Trend?Image via NetflixThis style of nonfiction content has really been gaining steam over the last couple of years. It’s been noticed to the point that independent filmmakers have now begun to receive support in this creative process. The Sundance Institute noticed this rise in episodic content and its potential for content and its creators. To support these content creators, the Institute launched the Episodic Storytelling Lab. At these labs, they help content creators develop their concepts and give year-round creative support. This is what Sundance said about the episodic format: Over the past five years, we have witnessed explosive growth of opportunities for writers developing episodic content for cable and online platforms. Audiences and critics have embraced the bold vision and complex characters that thrive in cable drama and comedy. And the internet has become a place for artists to experiment with new forms of content creation and for audiences to explore new modes of content consumption.What Are Documentary Filmmakers Saying About the Format?Image via NetflixOne of the success stories of this form of content is Last Chance U. The director, Greg Whiteley, has spoken very highly about the episodic format of documentary filmmaking. In an interview with Indiewire, the director was asked his thoughts on the episodic format and if it was something he would continually pursue. Occasionally, there will be a subject where, “That feels like 90 minutes to me,” or, “That feels like 60 minutes to me.” But, to have this as an option, and historically the high watermark for filmmaking was a feature length film, I think that’s going to change. I think the high watermark for storytelling in a cinematic way will be in this long-form way.Variety recently came out with their Oscar shortlist for documentary films. ESPN’s five-part documentary O.J.: Made in America makes the list as a potential winner.Episodic nonfiction film may be the wave of the future. As content creators, it’s a platform that we may see ourselves utilizing more in the future of our work.Do you see yourself pursuing episodic non-fiction content? Why or why not? What do you think some of the challenges may be? Let us know in the the comments below.last_img read more

Maharashtra to give leave to male staff for childcare

first_imgMale employees of the State government are now entitled to childcare leave in case their spouses are bedridden or incapacitated due to mental health problems and are unable to take care of the children. The State government on July 23 issued directions on sanctioning childcare leave to male employees. As per the government resolution issued on December 15, a male employee is eligible for leave for the exact period his wife is bedridden or is unable to take care of the children due to mental health problems. Teaching and non-teaching staff of zilla parishads, government-approved and aided primary, secondary and higher secondary schools, agriculture and non-agriculture universities and full-time teaching and non-teaching staff from the colleges affiliated to those universities also come within its purview. As per the original directions issued in July, the leave will be applicable to only the first two children of the employee who are below 18 years of age. The maximum limit of this leave would be 180 days and can be availed in three spells in a calendar year. The childcare leave can be linked to paternity leave as well. The leave cannot be taken as the right of the employee, but will be given only after due sanction from the authority. While officers on probation are not eligible for this leave, the rules said that in case of emergencies and serious condition of the child, a special childcare leave for the minimum period can be sanctioned and the probation period increased accordingly.last_img read more

Fergie files for divorce from Josh

first_imgLos Angeles: Former Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie has filed for divorce from actor Josh Duhamel almost two years after their separation. The former couple announced their split in September 2017 after eight years of marriage. According to a court docket acquired by Entertainment Weekly, Fergie, 44, filed for divorce from Duhamel on May 31, at a courthouse in Pasadena, California. “With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year. To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public,” the couple told the reporters. “We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family,” they said in a statement on September 14, 2017.last_img read more

Bell Lets Talk keeps the conversation going on mental health

first_img Facebook Advertisement “Let’s get talking Canada! The reality is that mental illness affects all of us – 1 in 5 directly, and 5 in 5 of us in some way every day with the impact of the disease on our family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues,” said Olympic medallist Clara Hughes, the campaign’s national spokesperson.“But we can and we are making a difference. Start your own conversations today by talking about mental health with everyone you know, and join the millions of people in Canada and worldwide showing their support by making a call, sending a text or getting the word out on social media.“Together, we all sent almost 126 million messages of support on Bell Let’s Talk Day last year – and I know we can take our fight against the stigma even further this year!”Bell will donate five cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of these interactions you make today, at no extra cost to you:Every text message, mobile call and long distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customersTwitter: Every tweet using #BellLetsTalk – which now includes a Bell Let’s Talk hashtag emojiFacebook: Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video on Every Instagram post using #BellLetsTalkSnapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk geofilter on SnapchatLast year, the 125,915,295 interactions on Bell Let’s Talk Day meant $6,295,764.75 in new Bell funding for Canadian mental health programs. #BellLetsTalk was the most used hashtag in the world on Bell Let’s Talk Day 2016 and the #1 Twitter hashtag in Canada for all of 2016; #mentalhealth was also in the top 10, a clear indication that Canadians are talking about mental health all year long. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Today is the seventh annual Bell Let’s Talk Day aimed at raising awareness and funds for mental health initiatives. It’s time to talk, text and join in on social media as Canadians everywhere share in the national conversation about mental health.Throughout the day Bell will donate 5¢ more towards mental health initiatives in Canada, by counting every text, call, tweet, Instagram post, Facebook video view and Snapchat geofilter.A press release from Bell said that by getting engaged, you’re not only offering support to the millions of Canadians living with mental illness, you’re also having a direct impact by driving Bell’s donations to mental health programs all year round.last_img read more

Sears Canada granted permission to liquidate remaining 130 stores

first_imgSears Canada has received court approval to proceed with a full liquidation of its remaining stores, signalling the end of an era for a 65-year-old chain that was once a staple at malls across the country.Ontario Superior Court heard Friday that after weeks of discussion and a bid from the company’s executive chairman, no viable buyer has been found. The move will put 12,000 of its employees out of a job.Justice Glenn Hainey approved Sears Canada’s motion to liquidate its remaining 130 stores, and said he was satisfied that there was no viable alternative following a months-long saga stemming from the embattled retailer’s decision to seek protection from its creditors in June.Liquidation could start as early as Oct. 19, and could continue for 10 to 14 week, stretching closing sales across the busy holiday shopping period.Orestes Pasparakis, a lawyer representing the court-appointed monitor FTI Consulting Canada, said it supported the liquidation because it did not think there was any other option.“We recognize that today the order will effectively bring Sears Canada’s 65 years as a national retailer to an end,” he told the court. “Many people have worked hard to understand whether there is a viable alternative. It appears that there is not.”A buyer group led by Sears Canada executive chairman Brandon Stranzl had been in discussions to purchase the retailer and continue to operate it. Stranzl, who stepped away from his role with the company in August to launch a bid, was in the Toronto courtroom on Friday.Jeremy Dacks, a lawyer for Sears Canada, told the court Friday the company had remained optimistic and many stakeholders worked “tirelessly around the clock,” but ultimately decided liquidation was the best way forward.Under the terms of the liquidation agreement, Sears Canada can terminate the agreement if another potential transaction emerges, but will need to pay a break fee and expense reimbursement totalling $4.55 million, the court heard.Susan Ursel, a lawyer representing current and former employees, told Justice Hainey Friday that they will continue to support discussions towards a potential transaction.“This company has touched the lives of generations of Canadians,” she told the court.“For employees and their families, it has been a source of livelihood, community, camaraderie and pride. That we’ve come to this juncture is a source of frustration, anger in some corners, and apprehension for many.”Sears Canada currently has 74 full department store locations, eight Sears Home Stores, and 49 Sears Hometown stores, facing closure. It currently has approximately 12,000 employees, three-quarters of which are part-time.That tally doesn’t include the 2,900 job cuts Sears Canada previously announced in June, when it announced the closure of 20 department store locations, 15 Sears Home stores, 10 Sears Outlet and 14 Sears Hometown locations.last_img read more

Starbucks to train workers on unconscious bias CEO says

first_imgPHILADELPHIA – Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on “unconscious bias,” CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested after employees said they were trespassing.Johnson, who has called the arrests “reprehensible,” arrived in Philadelphia this weekend after video of the incident gained traction online. He said he hopes to meet with the two men in the next couple of days and apologize face to face. A company spokesman said the men have agreed to a meeting with Johnson, but it was not immediately known when it would take place.“I’d like to have a dialogue with them and the opportunity to listen to them with compassion and empathy through the experience they went through,” said Johnson, who has been CEO for about a year. Stewart Cohen, the lawyer for the two men, said he hopes “something productive for the community” can come out of such a meeting.The incident is a major blow to Starbucks’ image, since the company has promoted its coffee shops as neighbourhood hangouts where anyone is welcome. After a video of the arrests spread online, the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks trended on Twitter.And on Monday morning, about two dozen protesters took over the Philadelphia shop, chanting slogans like, “A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black.” A Starbucks regional vice-president who attempted to talk to the protesters was shouted down.“We don’t want this Starbucks to make any money today. That’s our goal,” said Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, one of the protest’s organizers and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Collective.Over the weekend, demonstrators called for the firing of the employee who contacted police, who arrested the men on Thursday. Starbucks did not respond to a request for comment about the employment status of the manager who called police.Officials have said the officers were told the men had asked to use the store’s restroom but were denied because they hadn’t bought anything, and they refused to leave.Video shows several police talking quietly with two black men seated at a table. After a few minutes, officers handcuff the men and lead them outside as other customers say they weren’t doing anything wrong. A white man identified as real estate developer Andrew Yaffe arrives and tells the officers the two men were waiting for him. An officer says the men were not complying and were being arrested for trespassing.“Why would they be asked to leave?” Yaffe says. “Does anybody else think this is ridiculous? It’s absolute discrimination.”A woman can be heard in the video saying “they didn’t do anything, I saw the entire thing.”Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who met with Johnson on Monday, said the city will review its guidelines on how to respond to future requests for police assistance.Police haven’t announced the names of the men, who were released after the district attorney’s office said there was lack of evidence that a crime had been committed.Asked if the incident was a case of racism, Johnson responded: “Starbucks was built around the concept of a third place where we create a warm and welcoming environment for all customers. What I do know is that did not happen in this instance. And that is what we’re focused on.”Philadelphia-born comedian Kevin Hart had taken to Twitter on Monday to vent about the arrests, saying the company failed to take advantage of an opportunity to call out racial profiling. He says the employee who called police should have been fired.On Sunday he tweeted, “Our city is shining bright like a diamond right now. Please make this situation right.”Seattle-based Starbucks had posted a statement on Twitter over the weekend about the arrests, followed by an apology from Johnson.“Every company makes mistakes, but great companies are the ones that learn from those mistakes and take appropriate action,” Johnson said Monday. “And that’s exactly what I intend to do. We’re reviewing all aspects of this.”_____Pisani reported from New York.last_img read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 123.53 points to 15,068.07, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 167.43 points to 21,820.13. The S&P 500 index was down 12.26 points to 2,464.29 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 33.32 points to 6,402.02.The Canadian dollar was trading at 81.04 cents US, up from Friday’s average price of 80.71 cents US.The October crude contract was up $1.52 to US$48.81 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down nine cents to US$2.98 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up $11.90 to US$1,342.30 an ounce and the December copper contract was up three cents to US$3.15 a pound. read more

After firsthand visit to besieged Yemeni city of Taiz senor UN official

“I witnessed the impact of conflict, particularly on civilian infrastructure and saw the difficulties people are facing,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said on his return to Sana’a, the capital, from a visit with senior UN officials to Taiz and Ibb Governorates, and in particular to three districts of Taiz city where access has been difficult for many months.“Only a few shops are open. Food and other basic goods needed to survive are in short supply. Basic services are scarce, including access to water and fuel. I visited the Al Thawra Hospital, which has been repeatedly hit. Like other health facilities in Yemen, it has not been spared by this conflict and should be protected against attacks under international humanitarian law.“The hospital, one of the few functioning health facilities in the enclave, is critically short of medical supplies. Medical personnel in Taiz, as is the case elsewhere in Yemen, continues to work despite the dangers they face, often unpaid and with meagre resources. Everywhere I went I saw the trauma the conflict is causing to the women, men, and children, who have been living in this enclave and under these conditions for months.”In recent weeks the UN has made repeated calls to all sides to allow humanitarian access to Taiz and all other besieged areas throughout the country where civilians have been deprived of the basic necessities of life, a demand Mr. McGoldrick reiterated today.“I appeal to authorities and groups to work with the United Nations to establish a mechanism that will allow regular and sustained access of these goods and more into the city of Taiz,” he said. “The United Nations is committed to help the people in need in Taiz and Ibb, as well as all those who require humanitarian assistance throughout Yemen.“I appeal to all parties to the conflict in Yemen to observe international humanitarian law and provide humanitarian access as well as refrain from targeting civilian infrastructure,” he added, thanking all sides for allowing his visit to take place and for the discussions he had to reach people in need.UN agencies have been able to get some emergency supplies into Taiz in recent weeks and Mr. McGoldrick noted that he saw some food, cooking gas, and other commodities being brought into the city. read more

Royal baby New prince meets family as world awaits name announcement

Hugo Vickers, the Royal biographer and historian, explains in this video the meaning behind the most popular possible name choices for the latest baby Cambridge – and why the choice might not matter as much as you think.  Gun salutes have been fired in London by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess  of Cambridge’s baby boy. The soldiers, horses and Guns of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery rode out from Wellington Barracks into Hyde Park for a 41 round salute.And the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), the City of London’s Army Reserve regiment, fired a 62-round Gun Salute from The Tower of London. The floral smocked dress worn by Princess Charlotte as she went to meet her new baby brother has sold out online George and Charlotte visit their new baby brother in hospitalCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS /AFP Born fifth in line, the baby is the Queen and Philip’s sixth great-grandchild and Kensington Palace said the couple, along with the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, and the Middletons, were delighted with the news of the new arrival.George and Charlotte, who visited their new sibling at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, on Monday afternoon, are likely to be at school and nursery on Tuesday.At 2pm on Tuesday, gun salutes were fired in London by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park and the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London to mark the birth. 11:12AMRoyal history of Arthur… and other names new prince could be given  12:20PMPrince Charles: I don’t know how I am going to keep up with grandchildren By welcoming a baby prince, William and Kate are following the birth pattern of the Queen and Philip’s children – a son, a daughter and then another son.The Queen and the Duke had Prince Charles, then Princess Anne, followed by, after a gap of 10 years, Prince Andrew, with a fourth child, Prince Edward, born four years later. Gun salutes have also been used to mark other Royal events 3:59PMYoung Pc tells of ‘highlight of my career’ as he appears in background of Royal baby photos  3:52PMNew father Prince William pictured leaving palace A young Metropolitan Police constable, Tyler O’Hare, took centre of stage during the Royal baby’s first public appearance. Sort of… He was in the background of many of the pictures outside the Lindo Wing as the “door officer” when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped outside with the new prince.Pc O’Hare posted pictures on Twitter, saying it was “an honour and utter privilege”. He added: “Today was an amazing day and a highlight of my career!” The Royal couple introduced two new members to the family today…. An honour and utter privilege to have been the ‘Door Officer’ for the birth of Their Royal Highnesses new baby boy! Today was an amazing day and a highlight of my career! #RoyalBaby3 #RoyalBaby3 #RoyalBaby— PC Tyler O’Hare (@TylerOHare) April 23, 2018 Prince Arthur… Prince Albert… Prince Philip… or something else?Asked on Monday evening whether or not he and his wife had decided on a name, the Duke of Cambridge said: “You’ll find out soon enough.”As the bookmakers continue to take bets on the new Royal baby’s name, click here to take a look at all the contenders.What do you think the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will call their third child? Vote in our poll below.  The Duke of Cambridge has been spotted leaving Kensington Palace this afternoon. Prince William was pictured driving himself away from the family home. It’s unclear where he was going – perhaps popping out for some essential supplies? The Duchess of Cambridge shows her new prince to the world 8:46AMDuke says couple are ‘very happy’ but have ‘thrice the worry now’ Prince William leaves Kensington Palace by car on Tuesday afternoonCredit:Jack Taylor /Getty Everything we know so far after Duchess gives birth to boyNew Prince of Cambridge receives family visitors at homePrince Charles jokes: I don’t know how I’m going to keep upGun salutes fired in London to celebrate new Royal babyArthur… Albert… Philip? Latest Royal baby name oddsProud father and besotted mother introduce newborn to world’Cutie the third’: How the world reacted to prince’s birthRoyal family tree updated: Line of succession to throne changedThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have begun introducing their new prince to family members, as the world awaits an announcement on the baby’s name.Prince William and Kate have retreated to the sanctuary of Kensington Palace after showing off their third child to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing.As the Duke and Duchess settle into life as a family of five, the first visitors began arriving at their west London home on Tuesday. Pippa Middleton, the Duchess’s sister, was the first to be pictured after meeting the as-yet-unnamed baby.Video: Auntie Pippa meets baby – Duchess’s sister leaves palace 2:50PMCountess of Wessex ‘thrilled’ for Cambridge family During a visit to Tregolls School in Truro, Cornwall, the Countess of Wessex said she did not know the name of the latest addition to the Royal family. She said: “The jury’s out on that one. I don’t know, we’re all just going to have to wait and see.“I’m thrilled for them all, it’s lovely – really good news.” Pippa Middleton pictured leaving Kensington Palace on Tuesday afternoonCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph  The birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby boy has been marked by  bell ringing at Westminster Abbey. Bell-ringers ring a peal from 1pm to celebrate the prince’s arrival. The range of official commemorative chinaware to celebrate the prince’s birth Credit:Royal Collection Trust The soldiers, horses and Guns of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will ride out from Wellington Barracks into Hyde Park for a 41 round salute. And the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), the City of London’s Army Reserve regiment, will fire a 62-round Gun Salute from The Tower of London. The Duke and Duchess thanked the hospital for their care and the public for their wishes.Kensington Palace said: “Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank all staff at the hospital for the care and treatment they have received.”They would also like to thank everyone for their warm wishes.” Kensington Palace said the name would be announced in “due course” but the favourite at the bookies is currently Arthur, followed by James, Philip and Albert.The Duke fuelled speculation about the name of his new baby boy, telling a man who suggested he could suit Prince Alexander: “Funny you should say that…”William, who left his two-day-old son with the Duchess to attend a commemoration service, teased attendees about the as-yet-unknown name, as the world waited to hear what the Prince would be called. Told by Alexander Downer, the Australian High Commissioner, that he favoured his own Christian name as a frontrunner for the Prince, the Duke replied: “Funny you should say that… It’s a good name.”The Dean of Westminster, introducing the Duke to Mr Downer’s New Zealand counterpart Sir Jerry Mateparae, joked: “And Jerry would like it to be Jerry”. “It’s a strong name, I have to say,” the Duke conceded smiling, speaking publicly for the first time since he took his new addition home from hospital. The official commemorative souvenirs marking the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby son have gone on sale – before the new prince’s name has been announced.Featuring a lion cub and unicorn inspired by the Royal Arms, the Royal Collection china is decorated with gold ribbons, silver pompoms and a coronet-inspired pattern.The pieces bear the words “Welcome to our new royal baby” and display William and Kate’s coronet. 10:48AMWho will be godparents to the new Baby Cambridge?   The outfit, which is priced from £40 for aged six months to £45 for six years, has sold out in all sizes.The dress features contrast piping on the collar and sleeves, and a button back and sash tie.The brand, which specialises in smocked clothes, is owned by Alice Avenel – who went to school at Marlborough College with Charlotte’s mother the Duchess of Cambridge. 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. Smiling broadly, the Duchess was dressed in a vibrant red Jenny Packham dress with a white lace collar, reminiscent of William’s late mother Diana, Princess of Wales – who wore red and white outside the Lindo Wing after Prince Harry was born in 1984.As William and Kate headed home after appearing in front of the banks of cameras with their seven-hour-old son, the Duke said they were “very happy” and “very delighted”.He joked, holding up three fingers, that he had “thrice the worry now”, adding: “We didn’t keep you waiting too long this time.” Prince William leaves Kensington Palace by car on Tuesday afternoon Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could have been the first to visit as they are neighbours at Kensington Palace. The new baby prince’s great-grandmother the Queen, 92, is still at Windsor Castle with the Duke of Edinburgh who is recuperating after a hip operation.Prince Charles said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon that he and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are “both so pleased at the news”. He added: “It is a great joy to have another grandchild, the only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them.”The name of the baby Prince of Cambridge, who was born on Monday at 11.01am weighing 8lb 7oz, has yet to be unveiled. Royals traditionally keep the public guessing before revealing their choice and William and Kate will want to share the name with the Queen and the rest of their family before making it public. Natasha Archer and Amanda Cook Tucker arriving to tend to Kate after the birth of Prince George Our list of the runners and riders in the race to become the youngest royal's godparents  1:08PMWestminster Abbey bells ring out to celebrate Royal birth   The Duke joined his brother Prince Harry and soon-to-be sister-in-law Meghan Markle at Westminster Abbey for an Anzac Day service, but the topic of conversation quickly turned to the new Prince.Asked how the Duchess and the baby were doing, Prince William said: “They’re very well thanks.”The now father-of-three said they are “in good form, luckily”, and added: “Sleeping’s going reasonably well so far, so he’s behaving himself which is good news.”While the Duke’s words stoked further speculation about the possibility of a Prince Alexander, the name is not likely to be a final contender as it is one of Prince George’s middle names. Video: New Prince of Cambridge’s first public outing 4:32PMFloral dress worn by Princess Charlotte on Monday sells out online  The official range includes a pillbox costing £35, a tankard for £39 and a plate priced at £49.Each item in the range is gilded with 22-carat gold and made in Stoke-on-Trent using traditional methods.There is also a pram-shaped woven decoration, made with glistening threads, delicate pearl detail, and embroidered on the back with “Royal Baby 2018”, for £14.95. When it comes to godparents, the youngest Cambridge child might well be dealt the best hand yet. After seven years of marriage (and three children), the Duke and Duchess now know exactly who their real friends are.Plus, with 12 godparents between them, Prince George and Princess Charlotte have already ticked off all those their parents felt obliged to ask. Admittedly a few of their oldest and best friends have already been bagged – Emilia d’Erlanger, for example, is George’s godmother and Prince William’s friend, Tom Van Straubenzee belongs to Chalotte – but there are plenty more of their friends waiting in the wings, as well as a few close cousins. Click here for our best guestimate at who might be in the frame for possible godparents to the new prince. 10:40AMMeet the Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal ‘glam squad’ Some of the runners and riders in our shortlist in the race to become the youngest royal’s godparents  1:57PMPunters back James and Henry… but Arthur remains bookies’ favourite The Prince of Wales said he and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are “both so pleased at the news”.Prince Charles said in a statement: “It is a great joy to have another grandchild, the only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them.” As well as an expected flurry of family visitors to Kensington Palace on Tuesday, Royal Gun Salutes will also celebrate the birth of the new Royal baby. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and The Honourable Artillery Company will each fire celebratory Royal Salutes at 2pm. Members of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery 8:49AMBaby prince’s first achievement is to make history for gender equality Pippa Middleton pictured leaving Kensington Palace on Tuesday afternoon Members of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a First World War era gun during a 41 gun Royal salute in Hyde ParkCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS /AFP 1:16PMAuntie Pippa meets the new prince: Kate’s sister pictured leaving Kensington Palace The prince’s birth also made history for Royal gender equality – he is the first child to be born since an Act that secured girls’ place in the line of succession.Here’s how the route to the British throne now looks. It would be a worst nightmare for most new mothers, but the Duchess of Cambridge had a close knit team of helpers on hand to help ensure she looked her best for her moment in front of the world’s media.For the past few years, the Duchess has worked closely with former PA Natasha Archer and hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker to ensure that her every public appearance is pristine. The floral smocked dress worn by Princess Charlotte as she went to meet her new baby brother has sold out online.Confident Charlotte, who is just days away from her third birthday, was at ease in front of the world’s media at the Lindo Wing in London.She charmed the crowds on Monday, by turning to wave as she led her father the Duke of Cambridge up the steps to the hospital to meet the newborn baby prince.Her blue Periwinkle dress, with Peter Pan collar and short sleeves, and blue daisy smocking was by Little Alice London. Natasha Archer and Amanda Cook Tucker arriving to tend to Kate after the birth of Prince GeorgeCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph  Duke of Cambridge holds up three fingers to signify his three children to answer a question from the press as he leaves the Lindo Wing  range of official commemorative chinaware to celebrate the birth  Arthur remains the bookmakers’ favourite for the new Royal baby’s name, but James is the most popular for individual wagers placed with Ladbrokes.James  has seen the largest amount of bets and money placed since the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth.It is the same name as the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother, James Middleton. Prince William also has a cousin James, Viscount Severn.Despite being the favourite in the betting at 2/1, Arthur is left for second spot in the Top 10 list, followed by Albert (5/1), Philip (6/1) and Henry (12/1), according to Ladbrokes.Jessica Bridge, of Ladbrokes, said:  “Over 100,000 bets have placed across the UK betting industry on the baby name, and punters are eagerly awaiting the announcement from Kensington Palace to see if they will be quids in.”Latest Prince of Cambridge name oddsArthur 2/1James 4/1Albert 5/1Philip 6/1Alexander 12/1Henry 12/1Edward 16/1Frederick 14/1Thomas 16/1Alfred 20/1Jack 20/1Louis 20/1Michael 20/1Charles 25/1William 25/1Top 10 names according to bets and money wageredJamesArthurAlbertPhilipHenryAlexanderEdwardFrederick ThomasAlfred 9:13AMRoyal gun salutes to mark birth of new baby 10:01AMArthur is bookies’ favourite – but James most popular with punters   11:41AMRoyal Collection releases official souvenirs before baby even has a name Gun salutes have also been used to mark other Royal eventsCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS /AFP Members of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a First World War era 13-pounder field gun during a 41 gun Royal salute 8:54AMRoyal baby name odds: Runners and riders for new Prince of Cambridge ArthurA middle name of the Prince of Wales, Arthur is also one of Prince William’s middle names as well as the Queen’s father, George VI.The legendary King Arthur was the mythical leader of the knights of the Round Table, who supposedly lived in the 5th or 6th century.Once popular, the name fell out of fashion, but has had a revival in recent years. Former prime minister David Cameron has a son called Arthur.AlbertQueen Victoria used to insist that the name Albert was used as a middle name by her descendants, if not a first, in honour of her much-loved consort Prince Albert.By choosing Albert or Bertie for a boy, the Duke and Duchess would be honouring Queen Elizabeth II’s father, George VI, who was actually Albert Frederick Arthur George but always known to his family as Bertie.Shy, stammering Bertie was forced to become king when his brother Edward VIII abdicated, but won the nation’s affection by standing firm in London during the Second World War.PhilipA lasting tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh might see the new Prince of Cambridge called Philip.Both Prince Charles and Prince William have Philip as a middle name.The Duke of Edinburgh – known for his dedication to duty and his acerbic wit – has been married to the Queen for more than 70 years and is the nation’s longest serving consort.FrederickA Prince Freddie of Cambridge would have a historical link to the 1st Duke of Cambridge.Prince Adolphus Frederick lived from 1774 to 1850 and was a son of George III.He was apparently very fond of interrupting church services by bellowing out “By all means” if the priest said “Let us pray”.CharlesWilliam may want to pay tribute to his father – but perhaps as a middle name as it may be considered too similar to Charlotte.JamesJames could be chosen to signify the Duchess’s affection for her brother, the baby’s uncle, James Middleton.William already has a cousin James, the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s son, Viscount Severn.James is a Stuart name. James I, son of Mary, Queen of Scots, had been king of Scotland for 36 years as James VI when he became king of England in 1603.Other namesThey could choose William as a middle name for a boy, but also perhaps Michael as a middle name out of respect for Kate’s father.Kate’s grandfather on her paternal side was called Peter, while on her maternal side, her grandfather was Ronald.Thomas also appears several times in Kate’s family tree, as does Francis. The floral smocked dress worn by Princess Charlotte as she went to meet her new baby brother has sold out onlineCredit:Samir Hussein/WireImage Members of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery on Tuesday afternoonCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS /AFP The duo are often spotted loading vanity cases and suit carriers onto the royal jet during tours or lurking behind the scenes to tend to the Duchess whenever she needs.Here is everything you need to know about the Royal “glam squad”, who were on hand for the Duchess’s Lindo Wing exit. George and Charlotte visit their new baby brother in hospital Punters have been racing to place bets on the possible name of the royal baby boy, with James and Henry catching favourite Arthur.Bookies still have the moniker of the legendary king as their top name, but are seeing Royal fans taking a punt on other choices facing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “Henry has been very popular overnight and might well be in the frame.”The firm has Arthur as 2-1 favourite, but the odds on Henry have been shortened from 14-1 to 10-1.Other popular names include James 4/1, Phillip 5/1 and Albert 6/1.Coral spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “Arthur is the hot favourite at the moment and ever since the birth yesterday our customers have been queuing up to get their bets on.”James, Albert and Philip have also been backed and anything else would be a major shock.”He added their favourite was Arthur 2-1, followed by James 4-1, Albert 5-1, Philip 6-1, and Alexander and Henry both with odds of 12-1.Click here for the latest odds on possible Royal baby names – and history behind them. 2:02PMGun salutes mark Royal birth 3:17PMHistorian Hugo Vickers on why the Royal baby’s name might not matter as much as you think 2:48PMVideo: Moment royal birth was marked by 41 round gun salute The Duke of Cambridge holds up three fingers as he tells the media he has ‘thrice the worry now’ as he leaves the Lindo Wing Credit:BEN STANSALL /AFP Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, is the first member of the family to be spotted at Kensington Palace today.The 34-year-old was pictured leaving the Royal couple’s home after meeting the as-yet-unnamed baby for the first time. The Duchess of Cambridge shows her new prince to the worldCredit:John Stillwell /PA read more

Cops hunting remaining three NOC escapees

Police are on the hunt for three of four delinquent teenagers who escaped from the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) in Bushlot, Essequibo Coast, on Saturday last.A section of the NOC facilityThe escapees have been identified as Venus Edinboro, 17, of Pamala Backdam, Mahdia, Tyra Edwards, 16 of Lot 35 Avenue, Bartica, and Sinnagie James, 16, of Vigilance, East  Coast Demerara.Edinboro and Edwards were being detained for an offence of wandering, while James was implicated in a larceny offence.According to information received, on the day in question, the teens, in the company of 17-year-old Kim Giddings, from Blueberry Hill Squatting Area, Linden –who is an inmate and had been detained for unlawful wounding and disorderly behaviour- in the compound of the female dormitories.At around 16:10hrs, Giddings reportedly opened a binding wire attached to the chain link fence, and the four girls allegedly escaped into the backlands.However, on Sunday, at around 18:10hrs, the NOC Administrator (acting), Parasram Singh and staff, were able to recapture Giddings on the Airy Hall Public Road.On Monday, the teen was escorted to the Suddie Public Hospital by a constable to be examined by medical practitioners.Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFour female inmates escape from NOCJuly 9, 2018In “Crime”2 more NOC escapees recaptured; 1 remains at large  April 5, 2019In “Crime”6 juveniles escape from NOCMarch 29, 2019In “Crime” read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know as you head out the door.1. #GANGLAND: A man in his late 20s has been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting in Crumlin last night during which a 16-year-old boy was injured. It is understood the victim, who is not known to Gardaí, was not the intended target of the gun attack. 2. #JOBSWATCH: There was bad news today for three Irish communities as sausage maker Olhausen closed its doors, resulting in the loss of 160 jobs at Blanchardstown, Coolock and Monaghan.3. #GLENCULLEN: Also announcing receivership today was Bill Cullen’s firm Glencullen Holdings, which operated his last two Renault dealerships. The businessman called it a “sad occasion”.4. #DELAYED: Bookshops will have to wait at least another two weeks to fill their shelves with ‘When We Dance’, the memoirs of the late Gerry Ryan’s partner Melanie Verwoerd. RTÉ reports that the publishers have agreed to delay the sale pending a High Court action by music promoter Dave Kavanagh.5. #PUPPIES! PUPPIES!: The DSCPA has said that up to 50 puppies rescued yesterday afternoon will be looking for new homes shortly but not until the Garda investigation into their alleged trafficking is concluded. Potential owners have been asked to register their interest with the agency.last_img read more

Paragon GPT Loader lets 3TB drives work under Windows XP

first_imgMany users are continuing to use Windows XP instead of upgrading to Windows 7 mainly because they don’t believe the upgrade is necessary. Depending on what you use your PC for that may be the case, but as technology moves forward XP begins to come up short in some areas.One such area is that of storage space on hard drives. Windows XP can only recognize hard drives up to 2.2TB in size. 3TB drives are now becoming commonplace, and eventually they will become the most cost effective and easiest to source drives.AdChoices广告So where does this leave XP users? 3TB+ drives can be used with an XP system, but only 2.2TB of space will be usable meaning you are paying for storage you’ll never be able to use. However, Paragon Software claims to have a solution in the form of the Paragon GPT Loader.GPTL consists of a special driver that adds support for GUID Partition Tables under Windows XP. That means a 3TB+ drive can be installed with all of its storage space usable. There are a few caveats, though. GPTL will only work on drives that do not contain the Windows operating system for your machine, so any 3TB drive would have to form a secondary storage drive. There is also no provision for using RAID or having the drive as external to your machine.Even with those limitations this may be the simplest way to increase storage with the latest hard drives under Windows XP. The good news is it’s currently free to download and use GPTL through Paragon’s Early Adopter Program.Read more at the Paragon Software press releaselast_img read more

Intelligent new software matches police sketches to mug shots

first_imgMatching police sketches to mug shots has been a tactic used to catch criminals for decades. Still, many criminals remain on the loose because the victim or witness’ description given to the sketch artist just doesn’t produce the same look as in the mug shot. We live in such a technologically-rich time that you’d think there would be a better, more accurate way to match these two pictures together to produce a successful result.A team led by Michigan State University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Anil Jain and doctoral student Brendan Klare, have been working on just that. They’ve created software that would cross-match police sketches against real mug shots that are already in the law enforcement databases. Jain said they don’t match the photos pixel by pixel. The algorithms find high-level features from both the sketch and the photo, such as the structural distribution and the shape of the eyes, nose, and chin.According to a press release, their project is the first large-scale experiment to link sketches and mug shots, and the results have been promising. Klare said:We improved significantly on one of the top commercial face-recognition systems. Using a database of more than 10,000 mug shot photos, 45 percent of the time we had the correct person. True, 45 percent is an “F-minus” if we were to give this MSU team a grade, but it’s still early in the game, and the team plans to do field testing in about a year.As mentioned above, you think there’d be some sort of program or software to make this whole process easier. According to the release, there are a few commercial software programs available that produce sketches based on descriptions, but these programs are often even less accurate than those drawn by a trained forensic artist.Jain and Klare’s research is being published in this month’s addition of the journal IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence.Read more at Michigan State Universitylast_img read more

Bethesda releases Doom 3 BFG Lost Mission trailer

first_imgThere are a number of reasons why picking up the soon to be released Doom 3 BFG Edition is worthwhile, even if you have played the original through to completion (several times over). As well as bringing together Doom, Doom 2, Doom 3, and Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil into a single collection, the engine for Doom 3 has been tweaked by John Carmack to bring it bang up to date as well as having 3D support added.As for gameplay tweaks, you’ll be able to use a gun and flashlight at the same time, which was a major complaint about the original. There’s also more ammo drops and checkpoint saves have been added.But the biggest draw for fans of the game is likely going to be the new content on offer. id Software has created The Lost Mission pack and Bethesda released the trailer you see above during QuakeCon yesterday to give us a hint of what to expect.The mission pack puts you in Bravo Team, and helps round out the story about what took place before you got there in the original single-player campaign.The Lost Mission is certainly going to add a few hours of extra gameplay to the title, and when combined with a graphically enhanced version of the original game and budget price point (from what I’ve seen), this is going to be a day one purchase for Doom fans, including myself.Doom 3 BFG Edition will be available to purchase on October 19 across PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Most retailers already have it up for pre-order, though.last_img read more

App Store la barre des 300000 applications a été franchie

first_imgApp Store : la barre des 300.000 applications a été franchieÉtats-Unis – Le site 148Apps a comptabilisé plus de 300.000 applications sur l’App Store. Un chiffre impressionnant, même si toutes ne doivent pas être comptabilisées compte tenu du fait que certaines ne sont plus téléchargeables, tandis que d’autres ne sont pas encore fonctionnelles. Quatre mois après avoir totalisé 200.000 applications, la boutique d’Apple franchi le cap des 300.000 applications validées. Ce chiffre reste à modérer si l’on prend uniquement en compte les applications réellement disponibles. Ainsi, le site dénombre 334.199 applications dont 55.508 ne sont plus accessibles. Si on les déduit, le total passe à 278.691. Pour AppShopper, seules 280.044 applications sont vraiment disponibles, dont 262.660 pour l’iPhone et 35.386 pour l’iPad.La proportion globale est d’environ 2/3 d’applications payantes contre 1/3 de gratuites. C’est la catégorie “livres numériques” qui atteint la première marche en étant majoritaire avec 17%. Les jeux arrivent en deuxième position avec 14% d’applications (soit plus de 40.000) suivis par les divertissements avec 11,21% (soit 31.000).Le PDG d’Apple, Steve Jobs, fera certainement un point sur le sujet le 20 octobre prochain lors du “Special Event” d’Apple. Le 18 octobre 2010 à 16:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

New Lego Minecraft packs let you show some skin

first_imgYour Lego Steve and Alex minifigs are great, but you’re pretty limited when it comes to faithful Lego clothing options. Fortunately the new Minecraft Skin Packs have arrived to address that little problem.Sure, you could easily just pop Steve’s head onto one of the numerous extra torsos you have laying around, but that wouldn’t look very Minecraft-y, would it? There’s just too much non-pixelated printing on most minifigs… though Steve could probably get away with slipping on the video gamer’s or DJ’s t-shirts.Now, though, Lego’s got some authentic options for you. They’ve put together a pair of skin packs, and they’re pretty much the minifig equivalent of the ones you’ve been buying for your digital Minecraft characters for years.Each Lego Minecraft Skin Pack comes with four complete(ly pixelated) minifigs. They’re skinned head to toe, and Lego throws in an accessory for each, including shovels, picks, swords, axes, and bows. These are regular minifigs, too, so you’re free to take them apart and reassemble them as you please. They aren’t frustratingly fused like Lego’s magnets are.The Skin Packs are on sale over on Lego’s official online shop, and you’ll probably be able to find them at your favorite brick(no pun intended)-and-mortar stores soon, too. They go for $14.99 each, which makes them the cheapest way you can pick up a handful of Minecraft minifigs to add to your collection by five bucks.Minecraft and Lego have proved to be a perfect fit, so you can probably count on additional skin packs launching in the future. You know, until the franchise stops printing money.last_img read more

Sheamus suffering from tendonitis posts photo in a cast

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp Seth Rollins Pinterest Erick Rowan Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury John Cena Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Videos Articles Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img WWE star Sheamus is currently suffering from tendonitis in his arm per multiple wrestling media reports on Thursday. The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion posted a photo to his official Twitter account revealing a cast on his left arm.WWE has not officially commented on the injury as of Thursday evening. Sheamus is expected to be held out of the ring to allow time to properly heal. WWE is not advertising Sheamus for any upcoming live events this weekend.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online,, @WWESheamusRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The BarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:55 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Fenix suffers leg injury at independent show, AEW All Out Ladder Match may be in jeopardy Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Roman Reigns is in Remission Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Impact World Champion Brian Cage undergoing stem cell treatment for injured back Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more