How Documentary Filmmakers Make Synthetic Light Look Natural

first_imgOn low-budget documentary shoots, protecting the environment means careful use of natural light. But what if timing ruins a moment the crew can’t recreate?Live music performance videos have much to teach filmmakers about balancing spontaneity with clear images. Before impeccably lit, in-studio sessions offered by radio stations and editorial outlets, web-based, backpack-carrying, music-doc-makers avoided lights altogether. Director Vincent Moon (Mathieu Saura) catalyzed the trend we see today of on-location music performance videos and in-studio sessions with his Take Away Show series for La Blogothèque.Beginning in 2006, Moon and a small crew filmed bands in definitive spots meant to reflect their essence or origin. Jens Lekman sang “F Word” against a guardrail in the last light outside Paris; Arcade Fire performed in an elevator. The most commonly cited Take Away Show featured R.E.M. playing at Michael Stipe’s home in Athens, Georgia. Only the musicians’ faces are lit; everything else is dark.“Of 700 films I’ve made, I only used lights for one of them,” Moon laughs, remembering that 2007 shoot.Even then, he didn’t want his director of photography to fall back on lighting. Audiences and filmmakers are too uncomfortable with uncertainty, he says. Moon’s films invite the viewer to participate and embrace mystery rather than solve it with the flick of a switch. As industry norms veered toward a more controlled formula for performance videos, even the Take Away Shows, which continue under other directors, opt for a more studied setup like this one at Le Comptoir Général with Alicia Keys.So what can documentary filmmakers do to keep viewers engaged with slower moments as they happen? Director Morrisa Maltz holds holistic sensibilities like Moon, who went on to document music rituals in cultures around the world. Maltz’s subjects, too, stay off the path. Ingrid Gipson, a 74-year-old artist in exile from a successful career as a fashion designer in Texas, is the focus of Maltz’s lyrical film Ingrid. It debuted at Slamdance and is still making rounds on the festival circuit.Image via Ingrid.Maltz says she works so well with director of photography Andrew Hajek because of his ability to preserve natural settings while articulating clear images. The Dallas-based DP has a unique perspective — he’s steeped in the commercial world just as he makes deliberately artful docs with Maltz. I asked him how often the woods-heavy environs on Ingrid called for use of lighting that wasn’t already available onsite.“We used one single light, one time on Ingrid,” Hajek says. “She’d killed a rabbit and wanted to slice it up and cook it, but the way her kitchen was positioned meant no natural light really reached it. So the options were: turn on the hard tungsten overheads and have a totally flat image, or bang something through a window and sell it as morning light. I opted for that approach,” Hajek says.“All I had was a Tungsten 1000w, so I gelled it a little blue and skipped it across the countertops through a little window . . . I just didn’t wanna deliver a crappy image to a scene that I thought was important in showing her lifestyle.”Hajek has no shortage of tips for filmmakers who find themselves needing to keep to a natural style while problem-solving on location. We sat down with a few questions about his approach, and here’s what he had to say.Image via Ingrid.PremiumBeat: What is an ideal run-and-gun kit to have on hand?Andrew Hajek: I try to have a single SkyPanel S60, an M18, and a small hazer. From a commercial standpoint you can get a lot of setups accomplished with that kit. Obviously the scale of the shot and the scope of the creative have to be somewhat narrow, but you’re typically cutting so fast you don’t notice that only one of the background windows has an HMI blasting through it.The S60 can animate and change color temps/hue to match any location, so if you’re in a spot where you have to embrace the really green nasty overhead office lighting, you can light your subject with SkyPanel and match it exactly. And when you white-balance to that light, it fixes all the other ones. It might look horrible in real life, but through the lens, the skin tones are all fixed.I’ve been using a lot of Quasars lately as well. They are small, inexpensive, battery-powered bi-color lights that have a pretty good punch. They are also magnetic, so rigging them is a breeze.Also, the Aputure M9 bi-color credit card light is amazing. It’s a tiny little thing that’s great to hide in the scene.Image via Aputure.PB: How do you max out what’s already available onsite for an indoor shoot?AH: One of the first things you do on a tech scout is make sure you have access to the power of the location, because most built-in stuff sucks. Whether that’s a house or a coffee shop. As cool as it may look in real life, the camera hardly ever loves it. So walk into that five-million-dollar house and immediately kill all the lights. Figure out where the sun is going to be while you’re there and plan accordingly.A quick way to sometimes save yourself is by starting wide and faking it close. It’s a lot harder and more expensive to light a 24mm kitchen shot from across the house, than it is a 135mm shot.So bang out the wide really quick with the natural light before G/E even really loads in. Then take a breather while you light the tights.Image via The Unknown Country.PB: What are your go-to solutions when shooting at night?AH: The first struggle is always getting that moonlight right. I typically have done it with cards. Put a white card at the very end of your mombo combo as high as it’ll go and then hit that with an M18 or 800 with some blue gel. It’s a safer way of getting something up high, and you can menace-arm it out into the scene without all this weight hanging above.In the woods, we’ll use a hazer and then backlight that haze. We just did a overnight shoot in an alley in Singapore where we had vans parked and used their headlights to flare the lens and create that fake back wall also.Quasars into a little white card by lens is always a good idea to kick back a little eye light to the subject also.Image via The Unknown Country.PB: What’s the best way to mimic natural light?AH: On a recent project with Morrisa in South Dakota, we were going to shoot in this house, with real people not actors. We realized it was positioned with the sun where half the house was getting great ambient light and the other half wasn’t.So I brought in the hazer and the dana dolly to fix the other half. The hazer added beams of light, but it also acted like a little ambient fill light, because the beams bounced all over the place. So we shot all the interiors with just the hazer. Those are some of my favorite images in a while.Haze makes windows have less of a hard highlight line when compared to your inside exposure. Even if all you have access is a Party City fogger, you can still make that work. Turn off the fans and AC, close the doors and windows. Toot that fogger and then waft the hell out of it. Start small because they get out of hand quick. And let the air settle. If you can see the haze moving wait a minute. There’s a very fine line between cool atmo and the air looking like a Post Malone concert.Follow Maltz and Hajek’s forthcoming project The Unknown Country, which just won the Austin Film Society’s Pioneer Grant.Looking for more filmmaking insights? Check out these articles.Rock Rubber 45s: Documentary Tips for Working with Archival Footage and AssetsTips from the Team Behind the Ruth Bader Ginsberg Sundance Documentary7 Run-and-Gun Production Tips for Documentary FilmmakersHow to Write a Documentary TreatmentInterview: Filmmaker Bradley Olsen and His FCPX Documentary “Off the Tracks”last_img read more

Now, face of Nehru statue blackened

first_imgA statue of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in Katwa town of West Bengal was found with its face blackened on Saturday, the police said.The blackened face was discovered in the morning by the locals, who then informed the police. Following this, Congress workers held a demonstration in front of the police station demanding immediate arrest of those responsible for the act.A complaint was lodged by them, the police said, adding investigation into the incident was under way.Chairman of the Trinamool Congress-run Katwa municipality Rabindranath Chattopadhyay condemned the incident and said the statue was cleaned by the civic body later in the day.Subhashish Samanta, the secretary of the Congress’ Katwa unit, alleged that BJP workers were behind the incident, but the latter’s rural district secretary Sandip Nandy denied the party had any role in it.A bust of Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee was vandalised on March 7 in Kolkata by seven persons, including a woman.Statues of Lenin, social reformer Ramasamy Periyar and that of B.R. Ambedkar were vandalised in Tripura, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh respectively in recent days.last_img read more

Mishaps and stalkers make performers’ ride nightmarish

first_imgIt was a home run that went frighteningly awry. On the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, a DTC bus ferrying around 50 performers rehearsing for the Commonwealth Games ran into a series of untoward incidents. First the vehicle, which was headed from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to the participants’ west Delhi residences, met with a minor accident.Then it was tailed by a bikers’ gang whose members allegedly teased and assaulted some of the passengers. The jinxed journey took yet another ugly turn when a performer was hit by a car believed to be driven by the bikers’ accomplice. The performers are slated to give a spectacular yoga display during the CWG kick-off gala on Sunday. Their ordeal began around 10.30 pm on Friday.Soon after starting, the bus driver had to slam the brakes suddenly as the vehicle in front made an abrupt halt, the police said. The jerk threw many of the passengers from their seats to the floor of the bus. According to the police, six to seven of them suffered injuries and had to be taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre from where they were discharged after first-aid.The journey resumed and the bus reached the Mayapuri flyover at 2.45 am on Saturday when several bikers, allegedly hell-bent on creating trouble, intercepted it. The motorcyclists are understood to have teased some of the girls in the bus and refused to give way to it. “The men on the bikes started teasing some of the girls in our group. They tailed us for quite a long time. One of them even threw an electric tube at the bus which injured a participant.advertisementWhen things got out of hand, a few of us asked the bus driver to stop and tried to sort out the matter with the bikers,” a performer said in his statement to the police. Devender Kumar, a teacher accompanying the performers, said: “We met with accidents twice. After the first mishap, our students were rushed to the hospital. Later, the electric tube thrown by the goons on the bikes hit one of the students.”Tarun had been practicing for the last two months but will not be able to perform on the D-Day because of a fracture he has sustained. The police said one of the performers, identified as Tarun of Tikri border, was engaged in a heated discussion with the bikers when an Alto rammed him from behind. In the ensuing chaos, all the bus passengers got down and the bikers as well as the Alto driver fled from the spot.According to the police, the performers – all in their 20s – alleged that the Alto driver was in cahoots with the bikers. The police said Tarun was hit by the car after which he injured his right leg. He was rushed to the nearby Maharaja Agrasen Hospital and then referred to the AIIMS Trauma Centre.Deputy commissioner of police (West) Sharad Agarwal said the police had registered a case of accident under Section 279 (rash and negligent driving). “We have got five different numbers from the performers and are verifying each of them. They have alleged that they were attacked by the bikers, but there is no damage to the bus. We are verifying the claims and are investigating the case,” Agarwal added.Police sources claimed the performers were giving contradictory statements. While some claimed the car was an Alto, others said it was a Swift.last_img read more

Australian men’s tennis hit by infighting, Twitter rants

first_imgView comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Kyrgios posted a poll to his followers, asking whose match Hewitt was watching.He provided two options: “Demon” (de Minaur’s nickname) and “No one else”.Australian No.2 Millman and No.3 Matt Ebden were playing second-round matches at the same time as de Minaur. Kyrgios appeared to suggest that Hewitt only is interested in de Minaur, the teenager who Hewitt has been mentoring along with his Spanish coach Adolfo Gutierrez.Tomic and Kyrgios reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals as teenagers — Tomic in 2011, Kyrgios in 2014 — but neither has been past that stage at a major since.Kyrgios, who is Australia’s fourth-ranked player now, removed his Instagram post not long after. He also criticized Hewitt during the Brisbane International for not watching him or Kokkinakas play.John Newcombe, who won seven Grand Slam singles titles in the 1960 and 70s, including Wimbledon three times, urged Hewitt not to get involved in the argument.“I said to Lleyton the other day: ‘Things that are being said and all that, take the high ground,” Newcombe told the Australian Associated Press. ‘You don’t have to defend yourself. Everyone sees what you’re doing out there.’”“The general public can see what Lleyton’s doing, but every time Bernie (Tomic) gets a microphone he attacks Tennis Australia or someone in it.”Millman said after his loss to Bautista Agut that he’s felt “quite well-supported by the captain, by the coach, by the support staff,” but said he liked Tomic, describing him as “larrikin,” and Kyrgios, a “top bloke.”Perhaps Millman has the best solution. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The exception, in a big way, is Alex de Minaur, who advanced to the third round at the Australian Open and will play 17-time major winner Rafael Nadal on Friday. And John Millman gave a top performance before losing Wednesday in five sets to Roberto Bautista Agut.After that, it’s not pretty.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSure Hewitt wasn’t always the consummate “good bloke” — as Australians like to say — in his day, arguing with chair umpires and fellow players and media, but he seems mild mannered compared with the likes of the self-imploding, dynamite-like duo of Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios.After Tomic lost in the first round, he called on former No. 1-ranked, two-time major winning Hewitt to resign as Davis Cup captain. The two have been feuding for more than a year after Tomic claimed that Australia couldn’t win without him and Hewitt countered by saying Tomic wouldn’t be chosen for further international duty as long as he was in charge. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Canada’s Milos Raonic, left, is congratulated by Australia’s Nick Kyrgios after winning their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)MELBOURNE, Australia — The situation seems mostly nasty these days in Australian men’s tennis.Compared with the genteel nature of past stars like Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall and more recently, the likes of Pat Rafter over-ruling line calls and giving points to his opponents long before video replays existed, Australian men’s tennis is filled with Twitter rants, calls by one player for Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt to resign, embarrassing on-court comments. And, to make matters worse, few decent results.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Tomic’s form wouldn’t see him chosen anyway for Australia’s Davis Cup first-round tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Adelaide in February, but Tomic went a bit further, suggesting Hewitt has a personal interest in players he is promoting.“No one likes him anymore,” Tomic said of Hewitt. “We have a lot of issues that not a lot of players are happy about. We all know who those players are. Myself, (Thanasi) Kokkinakis, (Nick) Kyrgios.”Hewitt wasn’t about to get involved in a stoush with Tomic, saying it was “Bernie being Bernie and losing and going on and complaining.”After Tomic’s comments, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios denied that they had any issue with Hewitt, but Kyrgios’s Twitter comments on Wednesday night during de Minaur’s match appeared to suggest otherwise.Kyrgios posted a screenshot on Instagram of Hewitt doing television sideline commentary from de Minaur’s players’ box during the Australian player’s five-set win over Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “This stuff,” Millman said, “it’s in one ear, out the other.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Europeans unravel massive tennis match-fixing ring Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Ashleigh Barty gets shot at world no. 1 after Naomi Osaka bows out

first_imgFrench Open champion Barty can secure the world-number-one spot by winning the title in Birmingham and she eased into the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-1 victory over Jennifer Brady.“The stars have aligned a little bit for me and I think when you get those opportunities you have to do your best to take them with both hands,” said Barty.“That’s what we have been able to do over the last month in particular but I feel like I’m comfortable in my own skin.“I feel like I know exactly how I want to play in most matches, and it’s just about going out there trying to execute as best I can.”Only the rain threatened to slow Barty as it delayed the start of the match and then briefly interrupted the second set.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles However, Barty was too focused and too good for Brady and made it nine wins in a row after claiming her maiden Grand Slam title in Paris earlier this month.Barty will face five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the last eight on Friday after the 39-year-old was too wily for Wang Qiang in a 6-3, 6-2 win.Julia Goerges is next up for Putintseva after the 2018 Wimbledon semi-finalist defeated Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina 6-4, 6-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Australia’s Ashleigh Barty poses with the trophy during a photo call at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. Barty won the French Open tennis tournament women’s final on Saturday June 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)World number one Naomi Osaka succumbed to a straight-sets defeat by Yulia Putintseva at the Birmingham Classic on Thursday, handing Ashleigh Barty the chance to end the week on top of the rankings.Osaka admitted ahead of her first grass-court tournament of the season that she is still not at home on the surface and it showed as Putintseva romped to a 6-2, 6-3 win.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img The US and Australian Open champion now runs the risk of heading into Wimbledon short of match practice on the grass as she has not signed up to play in Eastbourne next week.Putintseva made a blistering start to go 5-0 up in the first set and Osaka’s troubles on serve throughout the match ensured she never recovered.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsOsaka dropped serve at the start of the second set, but fought back to lead 3-2 before Putintseva won the last four games to close out the match in a little over an hour.Japan’s Naomi Osaka returns to Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva during day six of the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, England, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (Zac Goodwin/PA via AP)“I needed to be more free with my shots, and not worry about what happens. I was more aggressive and changed the rhythm; that helped me win the match,” said Putintseva. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Zhang Weili gets China’s first UFC title shot Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Toroman oversees Mighty buildup for Jones Cup

first_imgSerbian coach Rajko Toroman renews his love affair with Philippine basketball on Monday as he takes charge in the buildup of the Jones Cup-bound Mighty Sports, with coach Charles Tiu on another national tour of duty.The coach of the original Gilas Pilipinas program, Toroman accepted the invitation of his former protégé Tiu to be the team consultant, but will oversee the team’s preparation in the meantime until Tiu returns from helping the national Under-19 team in Greece.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cabahug helps Cebu bury ghost of past loss POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games Tiu has worked for Toroman during his Gilas stint from 2009 to 2011.“Coach Charles knows coach Rajko so well so there’s no problem with it. The team is in good hands with coach Rajko at the helm and Charles knows it, too,” said Mighty Sports owner Alex Wongchuking.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMost of the members of the team are excited to have Toroman as they prepare for one important mission–regain the title Mighty Sports won 2016. Neymar: ‘I couldn’t look at a football’ after the World Cup PLAY LIST 02:13Neymar: ‘I couldn’t look at a football’ after the World Cup01:36Aussie assistant coach blames Chot Reyes for Fiba World Cup violence00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

World Athletics Championships: Braima Suncar Dabo Helps Jonathan Busby as Sporting Gesture Wins Hearts

first_imgDoha: Unheralded 5,000 metre runners Braima Suncar Dabo and shattered rival Jonathan Busby drew the biggest cheer of the World Championships on Friday after a dramatic finish to their race marked by a gesture of sportsmanship.Both Dabo and Busby had already been lapped and were competing only for pride when their final lap drama unfolded at Doha’s Khalifa Stadium. Aruba’s Busby, 33, had slowed to almost a crawl down the back straight on the last lap, lurching forward uncertainly and appearing close to collapse.It was then that Guinea Bissau’s Dabo came to Busby’s rescue, stopping to prop up his fellow racer and leading him around the final 200 metres to the finish line.With the crowd roaring them on, Busby collapsed after crossing the line and was eventually taken away in a wheelchair.Sport is about so much more than just your own performance.👏👏 to Braima Suncar Dabo🇬🇼 and Jonathan Busby🇦🇼 at the #WorldAthleticsChamps— IAAF (@iaaforg) September 27, 2019″I just wanted to help the guy finish the race,” Dabo, 26, said afterwards through a translator.”I wanted to help him cross the line. I think anyone in that situation would hve done the same thing,” added Dabo, who is a student in Portugal.Despite the finish — nearly five minutes behind heat winner Selemon Barega of Ethiopia — Dabo’s time of 18min 10.87sec was still a personal best.But there was a sting in the sporting tail for Busby, who was disqualified. 5000mBraima Suncar DaboIAAF World Athletics ChampionshipsJonathan Busby First Published: September 28, 2019, 7:19 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

World no. 7 Wong to play for Maharashtra United in UTT

first_img(Eds: Change in para 8)Mumbai, Jun 9 (PTI) World mens no.7 Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong would play for Maharashtra United while India no.1 Sharath Kamal would turn out for RP-SG Mavericks in next months Ultimate Table Tennis League, following the players draft held here today.Wong is a bronze medal winner in the last world championships in Dusseldorf, Germany, while the leagues second-highest ranked (world no. 16) male player, Marcos Freitas of Portugal, will play for Dabang Smashers.Top seed in the womens category, world no. 9 Han Ying of Germany, would figure for Challengers while Wu Yang, the only player from China, will represent Bayside Spinners.Indian womens no.1 Madhurika Patkar would represent Dabang Smashers in the first edition to be held in three cities – Chennai (July 13-20), Delhi (July 21-26) and Mumbai (July 27-30).”I am excited to be selected by the Dabang Smashers for the Ultimate Table Tennis. The team has good players and Im thrilled to play alongside them. This league will definitely help the sport prosper in India. The four Indian players in my team are from ONGC, so it already seems like a good mix to me,” said Madhurika.A total of 24 foreign players, including 21 Olympians, and as many Indian players (both men and women) were drafted into six different franchises at the NSCI.Soumyajit Ghosh, the youngest Indian Olympian in the fray, was picked by Challengers.Harmeet Desai, India No.4 rpt 4 in mens category, said, “The Ultimate Table Tennis will offer a great exposure to our Indian players to play alongside top ranking foreign players and also to be trained by the foreign coaches. I am really looking forward to the league.”advertisementHe will play for Maharashtra United.Speaking to reporters Vita Dani, co-promoter and chairperson of the leagues owners, 1lEven Sports, said each franchise has shelled out Rs 2.6 crore as fees.”This includes players fees, their international and internal travel and most other things. We are not here to make money and want to run a low-cost model league,” said Vita.11Even Sports co-promoter and former national mens singles champion, Niraj Bajaj, said that he personally wanted to give something back to the sport.”This is the best thing to have happened to table tennis over the last fifty years. This league will give players the opportunity to play with the best in the world. We want to take table tennis to the next level and want India to win a medal in the 2024 Olympic Games,” Bajaj said.Dani said the costliest player would be paid Rs 20 lakh and the cheapest Rs 2.5 lakh.”We have committed ourselves to run the league for ten years,” she added.Another former multiple-time national champion, Kamlesh Mehta, who is a director of 11Even Sports, said the League was being set up to help India win an Olympic medal in 2024.”The league affords the chance for Indian players to train and play together with foreign players for 21 days. This league is not only being supported by the Table Tennis Federation of India but also by the Asian and World TT bodies.”We have got a dedicated window (June-July every year) to conduct it. This is a unique league where each team will be a mix of men and women. Each team has also young players who will learn a lot,” he said.The coaches for the different teams, including former top players Arup Basak and Saumyajit Roy, sounded happy with their draft picks.”For the first time table tennis in India is showing a professional approach and I am fortunate to be a part of it,” said Roy. PTI SSR NRB NRBlast_img read more

JioPhone 2 registration starts on August 15: how to book, specs, price, all you should know

first_imgAugust 15 is going to be a big day for Reliance Jio. You will be able to register for the newly announced JioPhone 2, which succeeds last years’ JioPhone. Alongside the JioPhone 2, registrations for GigaFiber, GigaTV and Smart Home will kick off. To recollect, Jio’s first feature phone – JioPhone – was a massive success. Reliance Jio managed to sell around 25 million units of the JioPhone, claim reports. The telecom giant is aiming for more with the JioPhone 2, said Jio during its Annual General Meeting a month ago.As far as the specs are concerned, the JioPhone 2 is more or else the same as the JioPhone. The only major difference between the two features phones from Jio is in the design department. Unlike the JioPhone, the JioPhone 2 comes with QWERTY keypad – much like what we have seen in old Nokia Asha and Blackberry phones. The feature phone also features a 4-way navigation key and also a mono speaker.The JioPhone 2 comes with the same screen size as the JioPhone. It sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display below which there’s the BlackBerry-like QWERTY keypad. The phone is powered by Spreadtrum 9820 dual-core SoC. As already said, the JioPhone and JioPhone 2 are all the same in terms of specs. So, similar to that of the JioPhone, the JioPhone 2 also runs on KAI operating system. The JioPhone 2 comes with 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.On the rear panel, the JioPhone 2 – yet again like the JioPhone — sports a single 2-megapixel sensor. While on the front the feature phone comes with a VGA sensor, the megapixel count is yet to be revealed by Jio. The JioPhone 2 is backed by a 2000mAh which is also found is JioPhone. On the connectivity front, JioPhone 2 comes with several connectivity options like VoLTE, VoWiFi, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth, and FM radio. It also supports LTE Cat4 DL: 150Mbps/UL: 50Mbps, and LTE Band 2,5,40, 2G Band 900/1800.advertisementSo how can you register for JioPhone 2?As already mentioned the registration fir JioPhone 2 is all set to start on August 15. To book a JioPhone 2 you will need to go to the MyJio app or Jio’s official website. These are the two platforms where JioPhone 2 will be up for pre-registrations. After visiting either of the platforms – MyJio app or – you’ll then need to click on JioPhone 2 registration banner and tap on the ‘get now’ option.After clicking on the get now option, you’ll need to enter you personal details like name, contact number, email, address and other information. You’ll then need to make the payment of Rs 2,999 via net banking or debit card or credit card. No cash on delivery option available. After making the payment, your booking for JioPhone 2 will be completed. The delivery of the phone will reportedly happen in the next few days. Jio, however, is yet to reveal the shipping details.The JioPhone 2 will be available in only one colour – that is black – and for a price of Rs 2,999.last_img read more

Second Annual Winter Sportfishing Weekend Set

first_imgAnglers in Nova Scotia can gear up for winter sportfishing on Feb. 16 and 17, without a fishing licence. For many, winter fishing is as much fun as fishing in the summer. “We hope the winter weekend will encourage more people to try it,” said Ron Chisholm, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Taking part in a free fishing weekend on a number of our lakes and rivers during our second annual event is a great way to check out the sport and have some fun.” Residents and non-residents can fish for rainbow trout, white and yellow perch, and chain pickerel in a number of lakes and rivers from Yarmouth to Cape Breton without a general sportfishing licence. However, all bag limits and other regulations apply. “This free fishing weekend offers people a terrific opportunity to get active outdoors this time of year,” said Mr. Chisholm. “While winter angling offers a unique outdoor experience, we want to ensure everyone enjoys it safely. I encourage all anglers to use caution during the winter sportfishing weekend, whether they are fishing from shore, in boats or through the ice.” The sportfishing industry is worth about $85 million a year to the province’s economy. Almost 100,000 Nova Scotians sportfish each year, and thousands more visit the province to fish. For more information on Nova Scotia’s sportfishery, see the Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture website at or call the Inland Fisheries Division at 902-485-5056. Areas of the province open for the Winter Sportfishing Weekend for rainbow trout fishing with a bag limit of two fish per day: Lake George, Shelburne Co. Springfield Lake, Annapolis Co. Angevine (Dewars Lake), Cumberland Co. Cameron and Gillis lakes, Antigonish Co. Meteghan River, including all lakes and tributaries, Yarmouth Co. Albro Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality Shortts Lake, Colchester Co. Woodward Sanford Lake, Hants Co. Other lakes open for white and yellow perch with a bag limit of 25 fish per day are: Louis Lake, Queens Co. Walls Lake, The Ponds in Port LaTour and Bakers Flats on Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co. Morris, Russell, Fish and Kinsac lakes in Halifax Regional Municipality Lily Lake (Cogamun Pond), Hants Co. Shortts Lake, Colchester Co. Black Lake and West Branch Lake, Pictou Co. center_img The Bras d’Or Lakes. Five areas of the Bras d’Or Lakes are closed to all angling. They include the areas above the Baddeck River Bridge on Highway 105 (including Cains Pond); inside the East Bay sandbar; above Crowdis Bridge in River Denys Basin; above Black River Bridge in Dundee; and above Mackenzie Brook bridge near the south side of River Denys. Cameron and Gillis Lakes, Antigonish Co. Angevine Lake, Cumberland Co. Albro Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality Gairloch Lake, Pictou Co. Goose Harbour Lake, Guysborough Co. Sucker Lake, Lunenburg Co. Levers Lake and No. 20 Dam, Cape Breton Co. Hidden Hills Lake, Queens Co. Everitts Lake, Digby Co. Meadow Pond, Hants Co. Silver and Sunken Lakes, Kings Co. Anglers who enjoy fishing chain pickerel can do so in Shelburne County on Lake George, in Digby County on the Meteghan River, including all lakes and tributaries, and on the Annis River and Kiack Brook (near Belleville South) in Yarmouth County, including all lakes and tributaries. Other lakes open for chain pickerel this weekend with a bag limit of 25 fish per day:last_img read more

HBOs Silicon Valley to end after sixth season

first_imgLos Angeles: “Silicon Valley”, HBO’s hit sitcom about a tech start-up, is set to conclude after its sixth season. The fifth season of the show, consisting 10 episodes, had premiered in March this year. The series, featuring Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Josh Brener, has been created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. “Deadpool” star TJ Miller was also a part of the show but his association ended after the fourth season. According to Variety, the sixth and final season, which will consist of seven episodes, will premiere in late 2019. The show has been nominated for multiple Emmys throughout its run, including best comedy series. It won two awards in 2015.last_img read more

Environment Ministry suspends Delhi zoo vet

first_imgNew Delhi: A veterinary officer of the Delhi zoo, who was found guilty of “negligence in animal care, inspection and maintenance of records” by a high-level panel, has been suspended by the Environment Ministry, officials sources said on Wednesday.Multiple sources, including one in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, said the suspension order was issued on Tuesday. The veterinary officer, Abhijit Bhawal, did not respond to calls and messages for his reaction, despite several attempts. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe zoo’s director, Renu Singh, had earlier written three letters to the Central Zoo Authority and the ministry alleging that the wellbeing of animals was in danger under Bhawal’s care. In one of the letters written in July, the zoo director had claimed that a nilgai had died due to medical negligence on Bhawal’s part. The letter cited a report submitted by A K Bhowmik, the former joint director of the Delhi zoo, which stated that the veterinary officer did not follow the protocol for the nilgai’s treatment. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsA committee appointed by the Delhi High Court to look into the irregularities in the Delhi zoo had also found the veterinary officer guilty on multiple charges, including “negligence in animal care, inspection and maintenance of records, and using expired medicines”. An official also claimed that the issue of Bhawal’s “negligence” was raised in a recent meeting of senior officials of the environment ministry chaired by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. The zoo has been in news recently over a large number of animal deaths and allegations of irregularities by staff. According to a recent survey, the Delhi zoo recorded 245 animal deaths from April 2018 to June 2019 — the second-highest mortality figure in five years. In August, the zoo’s last cape buffalo died after eating plastic, prompting the authorities to order a probe into the incident. The zoo has lost around 10 species of animals, including chinkara, cassowary and ostrich, while 27 animal species do not have mating partners.last_img read more

EC announces bypolls to 64 assembly seats one LS constituency

first_imgNew Delhi: Bypolls to 64 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha constituency spread across 18 states will be held on October 21, and the counting of votes will be on October 24, the Election Commission announced on Saturday.While assembly by-elections will be held on 64 assembly seats, the Samastipur Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar will also have a bypoll. These assembly seats include 15 in Karnataka and 11 in Uttar Pradesh. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the bypolls in Karnataka would be held on seats, including where sitting MLAs were disqualified recently. The 11 UP assembly seats mostly belong to MLAs who had won the Lok Sabha elections and had resigned as members of the state assembly. The Samastipur (Bihar) Lok Sabha by-election was necessitated following the death of sitting MP Ram Chandra Paswan of the Lok Janshakti Party in July. Assembly bypolls in West Bengal are not being held now as the state government had cited the Durga Puja festivities for postponing the exercise. States, where assembly bypolls will be held, are Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Odisha and Puducherry (one seat each). The other states are Assam (4), Bihar (5), Gujarat (4), Himachal Pradesh (2), Kerala (5), Punjab (4), Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu (two each) and Sikkim (3).last_img read more

Aditi best Indian at Ladies French Open golf

first_imgParis: India’s Aditi Ashok was the best Indian at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France as she shot even par 71 in the final round to finish Tied-26th here. While Aditi ended with a total of 289, Diksha Dagar (72) was Tied-43rd and Tvesa Malik (74) was Tied-63rd. American Nelly Korda shot a four-under 67 to win her first Ladies European Tour title. Korda has won two titles on the LPGA Tour and one on the Symetra Tour. Heading into the final round with a one-shot lead, Korda carded six birdies and two bogeys on a blustery final day for a total of 15-under-par to win by eight at Golf du Medoc near Bordeaux. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju C line Boutier finished second while her European Solheim Cup teammate and last year’s winner Caroline Hedwall was tied for third with Joanna Klatten. European Solheim Cup player Azahara Mu oz, a two-time winner of the event, tied for fifth place with Laura Fuenfstueck, Julia Engstrom, Olivia Cowan and Manon De Roey, while Jessica Karlsson and Charlotte Thompson tied for tenth. With a tie for 12th place, Esther Henseleit moved to the top of the Order of Merit and now faces the prospect of becoming only the third player in history, following Dame Laura Davies and Carlota Ciganda, to win both the LET Order of Merit and the leading rookie award, in the same year.last_img read more

Country has entered a stage of recession claims Yechury

first_imgPuducherry: The CPI (M) on Thursday claimed that the country had entered a stage of recession with factories in large numbers being shut down and huge retrenchment of employees taking place.Besides, farmers suicides continued and the country`s growth rate had fallen steeply and this scenario had clearly marked that the country was in a stage of recession, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury alleged. He also accused the BJP-led NDA government of “sharpening polarisation Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singhon the basis of religion in total violation of the constitution.” The government was unleashing an all round attack on the country`s constitutional order, democracy, federalism, secularism and the economic plight of the people, Yechury alleged. He also disputed the claim that the situation in Kashmir valley was normal. “If there was normalcy why is the communication system not working there, why shops are not open and public transport not available,” he asked. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadYechury said the Centre should make huge investments in infrastructure development as it would generate jobs. The CPI (M) along with other left parties would launch a nationwide protest from October 10 to 16 against the current economic crisis and force the government to invest in infrastructure development instead of extending concessions to the rich and the corporates, he said. On PM Narendra Modi saying ‘Abki Baar, Trump Sarkar” at the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event on Sunday at Houston, Yechury said “We do not allow any foreigner to campaign for any candidate in our polls.” “It is unbecoming of a Prime Minister of India, an independent nation, to actually go to the US and campaign for a candidate using the same slogan `Abki Baar Trump Sarkar` that he (Modi) used for himself in India,” he said.last_img

Delhi govt will sell onion at cheaper rates

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government will sell onions at Rs 23.90 per kilogram in the city from September 28, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday. Announcing the decision at a press conference, Kejriwal said that onions will be sold at 400 ration shops and 70 mobile vans. The government will procure one lakh kilogram of onions from the Centre over the next five days. He said one person can buy a maximum of five kilograms of onion at one time. The chief minister said in retail, onion is currently being sold at Rs 60 to 80 per kilograms.last_img read more

Kolkata The Calcutta High Court is likely to pron

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court is likely to pronounce its judgement on October 1 in the anticipatory bail plea of former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha chit fund scam case following conclusion of hearing on Monday. CBI lawyer Y J Dastoor concluded his submissions opposing Kumar’s pre-arrest bail plea before a division bench comprising justices S Munshi and S Dasgupta. The bench, which heard the proceedings ‘in-camera’, adjourned the matter for the day after the CBI lawyer concluded his submissions. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Kumar’s lawyers had concluded their arguments in favour of his pre-arrest bail plea on Thursday before the division bench. His counsels had prayed for ‘in-camera’ proceedings in the case which the court agreed to on September 25, directing that only those advocates who are related to the case would be present during the hearing. A pre-arrest bail plea by Kumar was earlier rejected by the Alipore District and Sessions Court on September 21. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway The central probe agency has given multiple notices to Kumar, who is currently the Additional Director General in the West Bengal Crime Investigation Department (CID), to appear before it for questioning as a witness in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam. He, however, did not appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and sought more time on every occasion. The Saradha group of companies allegedly duped lakhs of people to the tune of Rs 2,500 crore, promising higher rates of return on their investments.last_img read more