When You Choose a Self-Limiting State

first_imgStephen Covey wrote about the space between stimulus and response, and he strongly suggested that we take note of the pause between the stimulus and the response, and understand that the pause provides an opportunity. The pause provides power.The pause provides an opportunity to reflect on the stimulus. It provides an opportunity to respond appropriately to the response. It also provides the possibility of not responding at all, of not being stimulated.To ignore the pause is to disempower yourself.The State of Your StateSomeone else’s state can be a stimulus if you allow it to be. When someone is angry, short-tempered, or in a generally foul mood, your interaction can be a stimulus. If you allow it, their foul mood can infect you with the same state.There are some people who walk around in state of unhappiness, as if the only thing that makes them happy is being unhappy. You may know someone who resembles this from time-to-time. Their state doesn’t have to be your state. Between that stimulus and your response is a pause.You can choose not to allow their negativity to infect your state. Or, you can choose to ask them what is upsetting them and how you can help instead. Or you can choose to be happy and empowered in spite of their disempowered and self-limiting state.In Tension, IntentionsSome people operate from the belief that other people are acting out of bad intentions. They travel through life always being harmed by other people, regardless of how little the stimulus, the response is always a disempowering state change, usually anger or frustration.That person who cut them off, well they’re a rotten bastard. The waiter isn’t serving them well because he is incompetent and isn’t even trying.By assuming bad intentions, by not using the pause between the stimulus and the response, these poor folks allow their state to be changed by the smallest of things. Then, they interact with others in a state that all but ensures they provide a negative stimulus.You have control over your state. The pause, however short, between stimulus and response, is always available to you.last_img read more

Donald Trump Talks H-1B Again

first_imgInjecting H-1B and outsourcing as an election campaign issue again, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has alleged that companies are importing low-wage workers on the work visas and pledged to protect jobs for Americans. Related Itemslast_img

Few Hits And Many Misses From India’s Cash Ban After 2 Years

first_imgIndia’s shock move to ban high-denomination currency notes almost two years ago caused much hardship, with limited benefits.As the dust settles on the demonetization episode, the data show it didn’t weed out black money or cash gained through illegal means, which was a key objective of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan. On the plus side, there’s been some widening in the country’s dismal tax base, an increase in digital payments and a drop in fake notes.Modi invalidated 86 percent of India’s currency in November 2016 in the hope that people who had stashed away illegal cash wouldn’t be able to exchange it for new notes at banks. The return of 99.7 percent of the banned 500 rupee and 1,000 rupee notes — the highest value currencies before demonetization — shows that didn’t happen.Here’s a look at some of the few hits and many misses that followed the cash ban:Economic GrowthThe economy took a sharp knock from the cash crunch, with growth sliding to as low as 5.6 percent in the quarter through June 2017. More than 100 lives were lost in the panic to exchange old notes for new ones, millions of daily-wage earners lost their livelihood for several weeks, and thousands of small businesses were shut down, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said last month.Another growth setback came last year when the government introduced a nationwide consumption tax, which was marred by glitches and disrupted business activity. Since then growth has bounced back to reach 8.2 percent last quarter, the fastest pace of any major economy.Tax RevenueIndia saw a whopping 27 percent increase in personal income tax collections in the year to March 2017, the biggest jump in the past decade, and a solid 21 percent gain in the past fiscal year. That’s helped to underpin overall government revenue, but not enough to plug a budget shortfall as the government picks up spending in the lead up to an election due by May. The deficit target is 3.3 percent of gross domestic product for the current year, a goal that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently said will be met, given that revenue and asset sale targets are likely to be exceeded.Part of the gain in tax income is due to the increase in new taxpayers that followed demonetization. Government data shows 10.1 million new taxpayers were added to the system in the year through November 2017 compared with an average of 6.2 million in the preceding six years.India still has a way to go though. While the number of taxpayers increased almost 30 percent to 82.7 million in the first three years of Modi’s rule, as a proportion of the $2.6 trillion economy, that base remains low. Even after the introduction of the goods-and-services tax and sophisticated tools to nab tax evaders, India’s tax-to-GDP ratio lingers around the levels seen a decade ago and is lower than the global average.Black MoneyBlack money, the local term for income that escaped taxes or was earned illegally, was the buzzword in India’s federal elections in 2014 and one of the key reasons Modi took the step to demonetize. Many Indians were initially convinced of the need for the cash ban, ignoring the inconvenience of waiting in long bank queues because they believed the billions of rupees stashed by corrupt or errant fellow Indians would be made worthless.But that didn’t happen. The income tax department found higher undisclosed income from fewer raids last year, indicating the government hasn’t been able to put a lid on corruption and generation of black money.Digital PaymentsAnother objective of demonetization was to formalize an economy where more than 90 percent of payments were made in cash. Electronic transactions went up sharply in November 2016 since most people had no option but to use digital wallets, credit cards or debit cards. It has lost steam since then.Cash remains the most popular form of tender in India. Currency with the public has increased to 18.5 trillion rupees in August from 17.9 trillion rupees before demonetization.Catching DuplicatesNo high quality counterfeit new currency notes have been seized by any agency post demonetization, and those seized in the recent past are scanned or photocopied notes, the government told Parliament last month. The “short-term benefit” of the cash ban was the elimination of the existing stock of fake and counterfeit currency, it said.(c) 2018, Bloomberg Related ItemsbjpEconomyNarendra Modilast_img read more

Panamanian world champion boxer Eusebio Pedroza dead at 62

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES Boxing’s 40-year-old Pacquiao counts on experience in Thurman fight PLAY LIST 02:19Boxing’s 40-year-old Pacquiao counts on experience in Thurman fight01:18Manny Pacquiao, Adrien Broner make grand arrival in Las Vegas for fight week00:50Trending 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 Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem On Friday, McGuigan said via Twitter it was a sad day. He says “it was a pleasure to share the ring with him.” P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedcenter_img Roger Federer into Dubai final, 1 win from 100th career title FILE – In this Aug. 21, 2008 file photo, boxing champion Eusebio Pedroza attends a celebration ceremony flanked by Olympic athlete Irving Saladino and Ruben Blades, in Panama City. The Panamanian ex-featherweight champ died on Friday, March 1, 2019. He was 62. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)PANAMA CITY — Former world champion Panamanian boxer Eusebio Pedroza, who defended the featherweight title more times than any other, has died at age 62.The World Boxing Association said Friday that Pedroza had been hospitalized recently while battling pancreatic cancer.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pedroza, nicknamed the “Scorpion,” successfully defended his title 19 times between 1978 and 1985.Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela expressed his condolences via Twitter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesPanamanian boxing researcher Nicolas Espinosa says Pedroza’s “punches, launched like killer harpoons, felled many instantly.”Pedroza’s reign ended in London at the hands of Ireland’s Barry McGuigan in 1985. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Valtteri Bottas Wins Japanese GP, Mercedes Clinch Record Constructors’ Title

first_imgSuzuka: Valtteri Bottas jumped from third to first with an electric start to win the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and the Finn’s Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.Charles Leclerc could only finish sixth in the second Ferrari, meaning Mercedes clinched a record sixth successive constructors’ world championship with their double podium finish. “I’m happy, very happy,” said Bottas. “Starting third isn’t easy. I had a really nice start, managed to get the lead and then the pace was super good, I could really control the race.”Ferrari had enjoyed a front row lock-out in a rare morning qualifying session caused by Typhoon Hagibis but their race unravelled right at the start.Vettel twitched before the lights went out and his hesitation enabled the fast starting Bottas to leapfrog from third into the lead.That winning feeling…#JapaneseGP 🇯🇵 #F1 pic.twitter.com/YA4hVsCjjc— Formula 1 (@F1) October 13, 2019 “It was my mistake” admitted Vettel. “I lost momentum there. Mercedes had more pace than us, was a tough afternoon to maintain second.”Max Verstappen enjoyed a bullet start from fifth in the Red Bull and was overtaking Leclerc on the outside of turn two when the Monegasque drove into the flying Dutchman, causing him to spin.”He just drove into the side of my car,” complained an unhappy Verstappen.Leclerc’s front wing was damaged and with bits flying off in all directions — one demolishing the wing mirror of Hamilton just behind — he was forced to pit for a new nose at the start of lap four. He rejoined in 18th position, fittingly a place behind Verstappen, who appeared to be the helpless victim of their collision.’WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO’Vettel, who escaped sanction for his false start, was left sandwiched between the two Mercedes and made the first strategic move when he dived in the pits for a new set of soft tyres on lap 17.Bottas followed from the lead on the next lap to take a new set of mediums emerging ahead of Vettel, meaning both the Finn and the German would need to stop again before the end of the 53 lap race.Hamilton was now in the lead and Mercedes tried to leave him out on a one-stop strategy. But on lap 22 Hamilton reported his front tyres were “dead” and was brought in for a fresh set of medium tyres, rejoining in third.HAMILTON: “Congratulations to the team. So well deserved to win six years in a row. I just wanted to get the best points for the team today”#JapaneseGP 🇯🇵 #F1 pic.twitter.com/cRo7kD0hMH— Formula 1 (@F1) October 13, 2019 Hamilton began to close on Vettel who pitted for his final change to medium tyres on lap 32, rejoining in third.Bottas took on fresh soft tyres five laps later leaving Hamilton again in the lead. “Tell me what I have to do to win this race,” pleaded Hamilton over team radio, convinced his tyres would not last the distance.He came in again on lap 43, allowing Vettel back into second but with only a slim three-second cushion, which the Englishman proceeded to eat into by setting a new lap record. Hamilton swarmed all over Vettel in the closing laps but was unable to get past and make it a Mercedes one-two.Earlier Vettel had produced a perfect lap in the delayed qualifying session to outqualify his teammate for the first time in 10 races since the Canadian Grand Prix in June. The day had been dubbed “Super Sunday” with qualifying and the race taking place back-to-back because of the track having been safely locked down Saturday as Typhoon Hagibis roared past. Charles Leclercferrariformula oneJapanese Grand Prix First Published: October 13, 2019, 12:49 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com 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

India to participate in Champions Trophy

first_imgRELATED cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL BCCI cleared India’s participation at its Special General Meeting (SGM). File Photo   –  Reuters COMMENT × Putting an end to all the speculation, the BCCI today cleared India’s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales at its Special General Meeting (SGM) here.It was decided that no legal recourse will be taken against the ICC as dictated by the Committee of Administrators (COA). The team for the event, starting June 1, will be selected in the next 48 hours.“It was a unanimous decision that the Indian team will be participating in the Champions Trophy. We will not take any legal recourse in the matter. Mr Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri will negotiate with ICC,” a senior office-bearer told PTI.Former president N Srinivasan attended the SGM via Skype but refrained from speaking about a pull-out after gauging the general mood. COMMENTS Rohit Sharma returns in India’s Champions Trophy squad The team for the event, starting June 1, will be selected in the next 48 hours.center_img ICC names Intel as its Innovation Partner for Champions Trophy 2017 Published on May 07, 2017 N Srinivasan virtually joins BCCI SGM from London null BCCI cleared India’s participation at its Special General Meeting (SGM). File Photo   –  Reuters SHARE BCCI meet on May 7, Champions Trophy pull-out unlikelylast_img read more

IPL retention: Dhoni goes back to CSK, MI keeps Rohit, Virat stays with RCB

first_imgJanuary 04, 2018 Kolkata Knight Riders drops Gambhir, who is now back in the auction pool COMMENT RELATED SHARE 0 Mahendra Singh Dhoni was back at his ‘spiritual home’, Chennai Super Kings, while Royal Challengers Bengaluru retained India captain Virat Kohli during the much-publicised yet predictable Indian Premier League retentions on Thursday.Mumbai Indians had the league’s most successful captain Rohit Sharma back in their stable as most of the retentions happened on expected lines.Current Australia skipper Steve Smith was Rajasthan Royals’ only pick, while his deputy, David Warner, remains with Sunrisers Hyderabad, along with pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.Missing nameOne of the notable names not to be retained is long-time Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir, who is now back in the auction pool, with West Indians Sunil Narine and Andre Russell being the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise’s two picks.Kings XI Punjab had left-arm spinner Axar Patel in their ranks, while South African Chris Morrisand Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer are back with Delhi Daredevils.Three retentionsThe franchises that have gone for full three retentions are CSK, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils and RCB.CSK has retained their powerhouse performers Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina as their second and third choice, respectively.AB de Villiers is RCB’s second retention while they have kept uncapped Sarfaraz Khan for ₹3 crore, putting Chris Gayle back in the auction pool.For Mumbai Indians, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah are second and third retentions. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS null IPL 11: Delhi Daredevils appoints Ponting as head coach IPL 2018 Published on × cricketlast_img read more

Audience willing to dabble with regional films: Madhavan

first_imgMumbai, Jun 22 (PTI) Actor R Madhavan says today Bollywood is facing tough competition not only from regional cinema but also Hollywood films which are taking bigger openings at the box office.”Right now, not only regional films but also Hollywood films are getting bigger openings than Bollywood movies. Audience is willing to watch a movie of a different language with subtitles rather than films in their own language,” Madhavan told PTI.The 46-year-old actor feels the language barrier today is diminishing and cited the example of Marathi film “Sairat” which went on to become a blockbuster.”Across the country there is no more language divide. A small Marathi film like Sairat is such a huge hit all over and is even the biggest grosser than any other film in Mumbai circuit. Now that shows a lot,” he said.The “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” star feels while competing with Hollywood and regional cinema was always challenging, it is high time the makers start treating the audience smartly.”It has alway been challenging. You cant be taking things for granted. Today more than hardwork, you are also required to be intelligent. You have to treat your audience smartly. The content has to be strong,” he said.Currently, the actor is excited for the TV premiere of his first home production “Saala Khadoos” on June 26 on Sony Max.Directed by debutante Sudha Kongara Prasad, the sports -drama featured Madhavan as a boxing coach, who has a reputation of being a hard task-master and also starred boxer Ritika Singh.advertisementThe actor says not many people were wiling to back the project and finally his close friend filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani came on board to co-produce the film, which he feels, will always be remembered.”I had to break my image and convince people that I can be this rude, brute man. Nobody was willing to see what I was seeing. Then I decided to produce the film and friends like Rajkumar Hirani also joined in,” he said.”More than my performance, I think the film as a whole will be remembered. I am excited for the TV premiere because that way more people will be able to watch it,” Madhavan added.Madhavan wants to focus on just acting for at least a year before moving on to his next production. PTI JUR DK SHD RYSlast_img read more

Sebastian Vettel fastest in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix final practice

first_imgSebastian Vettel lapped fastest for Ferrari in the final practice session of the Formula One season on Saturday with Mercedes title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fourth and fifth.Vettel, facing a winless year after three victories in 2015, set a quickest lap of one minute 40.775 seconds on the ultrasoft tyres in a hot afternoon session at the Yas Marina circuit.Dutch teenager Max Verstappen was second fastest for Red Bull, 0.137 slower, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen third on the timesheets.Rosberg leads team mate Hamilton by 12 points going into Sunday’s season-ending showdown, with both on nine race wins, and the German needs only to finish on the podium to secure his first championship.Hamilton, who was fastest in both Friday practice sessions, has won the last three races but knows the title battle is out of his control.Both Mercedes drivers set their quickest times earlier in the session than rivals, with the main focus on later qualifying.Hamilton reported a loss of power early on, a problem Mercedes made light of and described as just an “unexpected de-rate” of the engine.The Briton also complained that he was “constantly getting an issue” with the brakes.last_img read more

ILANTUS Compact Identity Scores Big With First Customers

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)BANGALORE and CHICAGO, December 6, 2018/PRNewswire/ –Identity and Access Management vendor ILANTUS Technologies launched its product ‘Compact Identity’ on August 18, 2018. Promising a powerful yet simple all-inclusive IAM solution with both Access Management (Single Sign-On + Password Management) and basic IGA features, the customers came quick.(Logo: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/724736/Ilantus_Logo.jpg )The feedback from the first few customers has been very positive. The consensus has been that the product meets and exceeds expectations.Observing that Compact Identity is the first product that follows customer processes (instead of creating a process that a customer must follow), the word is that Compact Identity is perhaps the definitive answer to organizations with simple IAM needs.The following elements in the solution have received positive response from customers:Role-based Access Control (RBAC) – This feature is reportedly intuitive and easy to use compared to other products. ‘Excellent’ was the feedback.Patented Thick-client SSO – Compact Identity utilizes ILANTUS’ patented SSO technology for thick-client apps. Complex apps like SAP, Putty and Skype are handled with ease. Customers reported that they experienced a more streamlined SSO environment where ‘no apps were left out of the SSO scope’. This contrasts with the common experience of thick-client apps being left to their own authentication mechanisms.Context Based Authentication – The solution sports location, device and time-based contextual authentication. For a product of this scope and at its highly competitive price-point, this feature created delight.Access Governance – With an implementation time of under 4 weeks, Compact Identity is being regarded as the most quick and easy way to get basic Access Governance working.Apart from thick-client SSO, these features are available in other products. But what ILANTUS customers have found to be of value is the synergistic and streamlined way all IAM elements are fused together in Compact Identity. No feature is out of place, too complex or left mostly unused. In fact, one customer reported an ROI of only three days.advertisementAnother point of appreciation is competitive price of the product. Compact Identity was created for organizations with IAM needs that are not complex such as SMBs and Educational Institutions. These organizations find that the product suits their pockets quite comfortably.Compact Identity has been a boon for its initial customers. It is proof that ILANTUS stands by its vision and product philosophy, and that the company puts its money where its mouth is. In an industry where long implementation times, incomplete implementations and poor ROI are the de facto standard, this company is paving the way for a new future.About ILANTUS:ILANTUS is the only Identity Management company with multiple solutions that each serve specific kinds of customers. It has a passion to serve rather than to simply multiply its valuation. This ILANTUS’ core philosophy and it has been appreciated by Fortune 500 and SMB customers alike. For more information, visit https://www.ilantus.com/Source: ILANTUS Technologies Pvt. Ltd.PWRPWRlast_img read more

ANA Inspiration: Ko Jin-young becomes fifth Korean to win event

first_imgKo Jin-young joined the long list of South Korean LPGA major champions on Sunday with a three-shot victory over compatriot Lee Mi-hyang at the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California.Ko, last year’s Rookie of the Year, overcame a late wobble in the final round to became the fifth Korean to win the event after Grace Park (2004), Yoo Sun-young (2012), Park In-bee (2013) and Ryu So-yeon (2017).She is the 15th woman from South Korea to win a major, the most of any country other than the United States, and the victory is projected to see her top the world rankings.”I still can’t believe it.”Trophy in hand, Jin Young Ko was still in disbelief after earning her first Major victory at the @ANAinspiration.INTERVIEW pic.twitter.com/ueWfTsqQyJ LPGA (@LPGA) April 8, 2019″I had a great round and a great week. I felt nervous today but I just tried to keep myself calm,” said Ko.After her lead had been reduced to one shot with three holes to play following two quick bogeys Ko responded like a true champion, a perfectly-judged 10-foot birdie putt at the 16th proving the decisive blow at Mission Hills .She clinched in style with another birdie at the last for a two-under-par 70, bursting into tears when the putt fell.”My caddie told me on the 18th that I had a two-shot lead and to not worry, just enjoy it,” Ko said.”So many Korean players had a great tournament, and it’s a real honour for me to win.”advertisementKo finished at 10-under 278, while Lee carded 70 for second place on seven-under, a shot ahead of American Lexi Thompson (67).Kim In-kyung, who started the day in second place, fell out of contention with a double-bogey at the 11th, where her ball got stuck up a tree, forcing her to take a penalty stroke.Jin Young Ko led the field in birdies and greens in regulation at the @ANAinspiration, a recipe for Major success.During her final round, Ko birdied two of her final three holes to lock up her victory.HIGHLIGHTS pic.twitter.com/Zh1qcGRs4J LPGA (@LPGA) April 8, 2019She shot 74 and tied for fourth with Spaniard Carlota Ciganda, five shots behind Ko.The 23-year-old Ko said she had been dreaming of winning the event for five years and had always wanted to make the traditional winner’s jump into Poppie’s Pond.”I always think about when I can go in that pond,” she said. “That’s today.”SPLASH! Jin Young Ko’s first major @ANAinspiration and caddie David Brooker’s 3rd jump into Poppie’s Pond. Wow. pic.twitter.com/4kypIXNAUi LPGA (@LPGA) April 8, 2019Despite the distractions and pressure of leading a major on a Sunday, Ko said she got over the line by trusting her swing.”I just focused on my swing, on the putting, that’s why I win this week,” she said.”I won. I can believe it now.”Also Read | Augusta National vs ANA: 17-year-old Heck chooses ANA, says there is no wrong answerAlso Watch | Great to have someone like Chris Gayle in KXIP: KL Rahullast_img read more

BW Exercises Option for Second LNG FSRU with Samsung Heavy

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My location zoom Singapore-based BW Shipping has exercised an option for a second Liquefied Natural Gas Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (LNG FSRU) with Samsung Heavy Industries of South Korea on 29 November 2013.Scheduled for delivery in 2016, this new FSRU adds to the first FSRU ordered in January 2013 and now brings the total FSRU units in BW’s fleet to two. These newbuildings will be constructed with DFDE engines and direct seawater cooling regasification system. “Ordering our second FSRU shows BW’s firm commitment to be a trusted provider to our customers in this sector,” says Yngvil Ashiem, Managing Direct of BW Shipping.“BW is focused on its vision to be the leading brand in energy transportation, serving customers with wide-ranging marine solutions across the energy value chain. BW and its predecessor companies have been providing shipping and maritime services for over 70 years and remains committed to safe, responsible operations of our fleet and our offices worldwide,” the company further said in a press release. BW Shipping, December 13, 2013last_img read more

Iran announces arrests death sentences as CIA spy ring busted

first_imgTehran: Iranian authorities said on Monday that security agencies had arrested 17 suspects and sentenced some of them to death after dismantling a CIA spy ring in a case announced last month. The agencies “successfully dismantled a (CIA) spy network on July 18,” the head of counter-intelligence at the Iranian intelligence ministry, whose identity was not revealed, told reporters in Tehran. “Some were sentenced to death and some to long-term imprisonment.”last_img

Solving clearance conundrums a major but little known job in film and

first_imgCALGARY – Someone on the set of the TV series “Fargo” liked the pop of colour a vintage clown game gave to an ominous scene in a dank, cluttered basement, so they moved it forward in the shot.The problem? After the scene was filmed for the second season, the studio wasn’t sure it could show the garish carnival game without being sued — even though it’s there for less than 10 seconds.“Several high-level MGM executives spent weeks on that clown game,” producer Kim Todd recalled during a recent visit to a Calgary sound stage where Season 3 was being filmed.Countless hours go into making sure anything featured in a TV show or movie — whether it’s a character’s name, a brand-name product or a work of art — won’t get the studio into legal trouble. Outside businesses are hired for what’s known in the industry as clearance — scouring scenes for any potential pitfalls and flagging them in reports for studios.It took some detective work, but the “Fargo” clearance team eventually tracked down the maker of the clown game in Montreal and got the permission it needed.Hunting down the rights owners of tacky garage-sale tchotchkes for the show’s second season, set in the 1970s, was a huge undertaking. Ditto cheap figurines manufactured by the millions in China.“Bad art is a character in ‘Fargo’ — it just is,” said Todd.Frustrating as it is, she said she understands where the clearance folks are coming from.“It’s this plodding thing and I have to be very respectful of people who do it because they’re working for the studios who don’t want to get sued.”Characters have also caused headaches on occasion. Ray Stussy — one of two brothers played by Ewan McGregor in the show’s third season — came up as a potential problem after the name had already appeared in the show’s promotional material.It turned out that the real Ray Stussy the clearance team found is an African American man in his 70s — different enough from the one on the show to quell any potential concerns over using his likeness.Jim Erickson, a retired set decorator who won an Oscar for his work on the 2012 film “Lincoln,” said clearance concerns were a huge headache at times during his 40-year career.When he first started out, it wasn’t so much of a problem. But then in the ’90s, studios appeared to get increasingly nervous about litigation.Working with the clearance team to track down permission for items used on set became such a big job that he had to eventually hire someone full-time just for that.“So the legal department was starting to dictate what we could or couldn’t put on sets and that was really, really disturbing,” Erickson said from his home on B.C.’s Salt Spring Island.“I was in fights all the time and I would just always lose.”Clearance is required for studios to get errors and omissions insurance — similar to malpractice insurance in the medical field — for their productions, said Amy Lennie, president of The Rights Company.The Toronto-based firm does intellectual property rights research and clearance for films, television shows, web series and video games around the world.“They need to cross all the t’s and dot all their i’s to make sure that things are done properly and any potential lawsuits out there are not going to happen,” she said, adding most in the industry understand how important it is.“Everybody’s a professional and they’re reasonable people. It’s common sense.”Ideally, all clearance quandaries are tied up before shooting even begins, said Chad Mathis, a Los Angeles entertainment lawyer and founder of The Clearance Lab.Slip-ups can be fixed in post-production, but it’s expensive.Mathis said clearance tends to trip up those new to the business who might not even think about it until after they have a distribution deal.“It kills a lot of projects, failure to pay attention to these matters,” said Mathis.“It’s easy to get wrapped up in the creative — and you should. But you can’t leave out the rest, or you won’t be around for long.”last_img read more

In the news today March 13

first_imgSix stories in the news for Tuesday, March 13———PM TRUDEAU CONTINUES FACTORY TOURSJustin Trudeau continues his cross-country tour of aluminum and steel factories with stops today in Hamilton. The prime minister will meet with workers at Stelco Hamilton Works and join a roundtable discussion before heading to the ArcelorMittal Dofasco plant. Trudeau wants to show support for workers in light of threats of tariffs from the U.S. Trudeau began his tour in Quebec yesterday and will later visit Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Regina.———U.S. PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS A QUICK NAFTA DEALPresident Donald Trump called for the quick completion of the NAFTA talks in a phone call with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday, amid indications the U.S. wants a deal wrapped up this spring. Trudeau told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he recognizes the American side “is eager to get forward motion on NAFTA” and that Canada shares that view.———RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL FIGHTSurvivors of a notorious Ontario residential school square off against the federal government today and tomorrow in another legal battle over document secrecy. They want Ontario’s top court to order a review of all the compensation claims adjudicated before the government disclosed thousands of documents from a 1990’s investigation. The documents are from dozens of lawsuits related to physical and sexual abuse that more than 150 Indigenous people suffered at St. Anne’s school in Fort Albany.———BELGIAN ROYAL VISIT CONTINUESKing Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium continue their week-long state visit to Canada today. Their agenda includes the lending of a Belgian cannon from the First World War to the Canadian War Museum. The royals began their visit yesterday with several events, including the placing of a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial to honour Canadian soldiers who fought for the liberation of Belgium in two world wars.———BOMBARDIER TO ASSIST CRASH PROBEBombardier Inc. is sending two officials to Nepal today to help investigate one of two deadly crashes involving its Q400 turbo and Challenger business jet. The first crash in Iran on Sunday involving a Challenger jet killed 11 people and 49 people died Monday when a Q400 crashed in Nepal. A Bombardier official says both planes are “safe and reliable” and that the crashes happening back-to-back were an “unfortunate coincidence.”———FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR VETERANS’ SERVICE DOGSMilitary veterans are celebrating a little-noticed promise in the most recent federal budget: that “psychiatric service animals” will be added to the list of medical items Canadians can claim as a tax credit on income-tax forms. It comes after a government-commissioned study indicated that dogs can be extremely helpful for those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and other invisible injuries.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— A Speech From the Throne will open the third session of the 48th general assembly in Newfoundland and Labrador.— Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef attends the UN Commission of the Status of Women in New York.— Statistics Canada will release the Canadian Income Survey for 2016 and trade by importers.— Kirsty Duncan, minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, will make a major sport announcement in Toronto.last_img read more

System prevents First Nations a jury of their peers in Ontario report

first_imgAPTN National NewsA long-awaited report expected to tackle First Nations representation on juries was released Tuesday and aims to do just that.Retired Supreme Court Justice Frank lacobucci’s report found systemic and procedural issues preventing First Nations from sitting on juries.In fact, laccobucci called it a “state of crisis”.“For Ontario’s First Nations peoples, particularly in the north, the justice system and juries process generally are in a crisis,” said lacobucci in a press release. “As a result of our face-to-face meetings with leaders and community members from 32 First Nations from across Ontario, we developed 17 recommendations that will help ensure that the cultural values, laws, and ideologies of First Nations’ are better reflected in the Canadian justice system.”The Ontario government handpicked lacobucci in August 2011 to determine why there seemed to be a lack of First Nation jurors.That came after Jacy Pierre, 27, died at the Thunder Bay jail five years ago. The inquest into his death, which is common when prisoners die behind bars, was put off because no one on the jury was First Nation.Others have voiced concerns about lack of First Nations jurors.Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto applauded the report and urged the province to implement the recommendations.“This type of exclusion contributes to excessive imprisonment of Aboriginal people. This report is an opportunity to move forward and ensure that constitutional rights of First Nation people are upheld, so they are active participants, like all Ontarians, in the jury system,” said Christa Big Canoe a legal director with ALST.Key recommendations made by the Independent Reviewer include:-Establishing an implementation committee with First Nations membership, government officials and individuals (including a youth Aboriginal member) who would be responsible for the implementation of the report.-Establishing a First Nation advisory group to the Attorney General on matters relating to First Nations peoples and the justice system.-Providing cultural training for all government officials working in the justice system who have contact with First Nations peoples (e.g. police, court workers, Crown prosecutors, prison guards and other related agencies).-Determining promptly and urgently the feasibility and suitability of using existing government databases or other suitable sources, such as band residency information, Ministry of Transportation information, OHIP roles, and other records, to generate a database of First Nations individuals living on reserve for the purposes of compiling the jury roll.-Amending the questionnaire sent to prospective jurors so that it is more appropriate for First Nations communities.-Considering a procedure whereby First Nations people on reserve could volunteer for jury service as a means of supplementing other jury source lists.-Creating an assistant deputy Attorney General position responsible for Aboriginal issues, including the implementation of this report.The full list of the recommendations can be found at www.firstnationsandjuriesreview.ca.last_img read more

Price of oil rises after threeday losing streak TSX inches higher

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 27, 2016 9:34 am MDT Last Updated Oct 27, 2016 at 4:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Price of oil rises after three-day losing streak; TSX inches higher TORONTO – The price of oil recouped some of its value Thursday after three consecutive days of losses, while the Toronto Stock Exchange inched higher.The December crude contract gained 54 cents to US$49.72 per barrel. This was an improvement from Wednesday’s close which saw its three-day losses total US$1.67, after investor sentiment soured following news that Iraq sought an exemption from an anticipated OPEC deal to cut oil production.Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at Holliswealth, said oil’s gain Thursday can be explained by the regular ups and downs in the price of the commodity.He said he would be surprised to see oil move significantly higher than the roughly US$49.00 a barrel its been priced at recently, noting that production ramps up when the price reaches or surpasses the US$50 a barrel mark.“And, all of a sudden, you have a drop in price,” he said.Strength in the energy sector, which gained nearly two per cent, helped lift the S&P/TSX composite index by a modest 26.19 points to 14,833.75.Interest rates also helped move markets Thursday, said Small, with yields on 10-year bonds in Canada and America on the rise.That spurred on the financial sector, he said, which was among the best performing sectors of the day.Gold was another commodity that saw a small spike, with the December gold contract rising US$2.90 to US$1,269.50 an ounce.Small said that isn’t a significant increase and he expects the price of gold to drop as the U.S. Federal Reserve will likely hike interest rates in December.The Canadian dollar dropped 0.03 of a U.S. cent to 74.70 cents US.South of the border, markets did not fare as well. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 29.65 points at 18,169.68, while the broader S&P 500 shed 6.39 points at 2,133.04. The Nasdaq composite lost 34.30 points to 5,215.97.The next two months, though, are historically the best time of the year for market performance, said Small, with American Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up.“So, a lot of positives on the horizon,” he said, cautioning that it’s still important to be mindful of the upcoming American central bank interest rate decision, the Nov. 8 U.S. election and the Nov. 30 OPEC meeting — all which could “spoil the party a little bit.”Elsewhere in commodities, December natural gas gained 3.2 cents to about US$3.07 per mmBTU and December copper increased by 1.8 cents to US$2.16 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Opinion Cleveland Cavaliers receive needed upgrade in Channing Frye

Then-Orlando Magic forward Channing Frye (8) takes a shot against the Atlanta Hawks at Amway Center in Orlando on Feb. 7.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe rumor mill was swirling about in Cleveland in the days leading up to the NBA’s trade deadline on Thursday.  Despite owning the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers were reportedly looking to upgrade their roster in some sort of fashion. Everyone on the team not named Kyrie Irving or LeBron James were seemingly mentioned with the word “trade.”More so than perhaps anyone was much-maligned power forward Kevin Love, who has been a part of all sorts of rumored transactions since he arrived in Cleveland last season.Well, the trade deadline came and went, and Love is still a Cavalier.And that’s a good thing, in case you were wondering.However, don’t take that to mean that Cleveland didn’t do anything.In a three-team trade involving the Orlando Magic and the Portland Trail Blazers, the Cavaliers sent oft-injured center Anderson Varejao and a conditional 2018 first-round draft pick to the Blazers in order to receive Orlando forward Channing Frye. Backup guard Jared Cunningham was also part of the deal and was traded to the Magic.On and off of the court, the Cavaliers walked away big winners. By shipping off Varejao and Cunningham, the team saved “more than $10 million in payroll and taxes this season,” according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.Varejao, a fan favorite, was in the midst of his 12th year with the Cavaliers since being traded there as a rookie in 2004. He will be remembered in Cleveland as a selfless player who gave it his all on the court. He made little impact, though, this season, averaging just 2.6 points per contest. While injuries certainly played a role in his production — they always have — Varejao’s high salary was just too much to ignore any longer.  By acquiring the versatile Frye, who can play both forward and center, the Cavaliers added a much-needed component to the team.The 6-foot-11 Frye is a forward by trait, but he is really a stretch forward — a big man who can space the floor with his outside shooting ability. Frye owns a career 3-point shooting percentage near 40 percent and was shooting at about that mark this season before getting traded. Not only is the nine-year veteran a superb floor-spacer, but he brings great value in the pick-and-pop game, something the Cavaliers offense needed a boost in.In terms of his defense, Frye is a solid low-post defender and decent shot-blocker, assisted by what basically surmounts to be a 7-foot wingspan. His defensive efforts will likely be needed in late-game situations, an area in which Love is less than stellar in.At a time when the Cavaliers had to make a move in order to gain ground on other rival NBA heavyweights — the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs — general manager David Griffin brought in a player who will help the team do just that. With a pair of big floor-spacers in Love and the newly acquired Frye, Cleveland now has the look of a truly complete team.Frye is slated to make his debut as a Cavalier on Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. read more

Cop nabbed attempting to smuggle contraband into Lusignan Prison

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSuspect attempting to smuggle contraband into Lusignan Prison shot at, escapesJuly 3, 2018In “Crime”Four Prison Officers to be charged for smuggling contraband into Lusignan PrisonSeptember 25, 2018In “Crime”Marijuana, improvised weapons among contraband unearthed at NA PrisonAugust 18, 2018In “Crime” A Police Officer is now in hot water after he was caught attempting to smuggle a bag containing contraband into the Lusignan Prison in the wee hours of Friday morning.Reports are that the rank attempted to throw the bag over the penitentiary’s fence at around 04:18h.However in doing so, he was observed by other ranks working the Holding Bay Area and an alarm was raised.The bag which was caught on the fence was retrieved and the rank was promptly arrested.Upon inspections of the said bag, a quantity of cell phones, a cell phone charger and seven packs of cigarettes were found.The Officer was later handed over to the Inspector of Police and was escorted to the Police Station. read more