8 Essential Cuts Every Editor Should Know

first_imgThese essential cuts will help any editor transform their footage into a gripping, solid narrative.If your goal is to master the art of editing, you’re going to need to know the essential cuts to use when editing a film or video. Let’s go through eight of these and look at some examples of each. For said examples, we’ll be using excerpts from various films — but keep in mind that you can use these same cuts in any editing session, be it narrative, documentary, commercial, industrial, or even animation.1. The StandardThe hard cut is the basic type of cut in editing. This type of cut is utilized when you want to cut from clip to clip without any type of transition, or where you cut from the end of one clip to the beginning of another. The only down side of the hard cut is that (out of all the cuts we’ll talk about) this one gives the least amount of visual meaning. To give you a quick overview of the history of cutting, here is a great video from Filmmaker IQ.Video from Filmmaker IQ2. Jump CutThe jump cut is a technique which allows the editor to jump forward in time. We see an early version of this technique in Eisenstein‘s Battleship Potemkin, where the battleship fires a mortar round and we watch the destruction as various angles jump cut from one to another. In this very early version of the jump cut, contemporary audiences were introduced to a new way of time passage in film. It obviously gained traction and is one of the most used types of cuts today next to the hard cut.Video from ChaniaArtAnother great place to use jump cuts is during an interview, especially if you film the interview with multiple cameras. This allows you to jump from one angle to the other without it being jarring for the audience. In order to really grasp this type of editing technique, here is a fantastic resource from Vimeo Video School on the Understanding of Jump Cuts.Video from Riley Hooper3. L Cut & J CutFirst, let’s talk about the L Cut. This editing technique is used not only by narrative filmmakers, but is also a favorite of documentary filmmakers and commercial videographers. What L Cut means is that you are hearing the audio from the previous shot, even though we’ve moved on to another shot. So, the audience is is looking at clip B but still hearing audio from clip A. Here is a great example of an L Cut from David Fincher’s Fight Club where Tyler recites the rules as various characters ready themselves to fight. What is happening here is that the audience is introduced to the voice, and then we are given visual information on the environment where the voice is located. This technique will keep your film or video flowing naturally, while also giving your audience much needed spacial information.Video feom MovieclipsAgain, this type of editing technique is used to help lead audiences along in the narrative by giving them spacial information and audio. L Cuts are also used to contextualize a conversation or give it deeper meaning, as was done in Skyfall during the museum scene with Q and 007. As they are talking, we cut to the painting of the old warship on the wall while Q continues to talk, eexplaining what they are looking at while also correlating 007s career to the warship in the painting. Video from Sony Pictures EntertainmentA J Cut is essentially the opposite of the L Cut. Here we hear the audio before we see the video. So, the audience is is looking at clip A but still hearing audio from clip B. This type of cut is used quite often in all forms of filmmaking and videography, but you can see it quite often in content featuring an interview.Vimeo Video School has once again put together a great resource for users that want to gain a real understanding of what L and J Cuts are. Just like with L Cuts, you can give your audience additional visual information to go along with the dialogue that is being fed to the audience. As was with the video below, this allows your audience to gain a better understanding of the environment the character exists in.Video from Etsy4. Cutting on ActionThe technique of cutting on action is a huge component of, well, action films. Of course, this type of cut can be used on less-explosive action as well. The basic idea of cutting for action is that the editor cuts from one shot to another and matches the action of the shots. Editing is all about motivation. Each time you cut to a new shot you need to ask yourself: why? In the words of Videomaker:Don’t be tempted to wait for a pause and then cut, unless you have a good reason.Your film will develop a better ‘flow’ if you cut on action instead of waiting for pauses. One of the best examples of motivated cutting is The Matrix. Watch the following clip closely and specifically look for instances of cutting on action. Almost every cut happens mid-action. This results in a much smoother transition and a more tense action scene.Video from MovieclipsOne of the best modern examples of cutting on action is the Watchtower of Turkey by Leonardo Dalessandri. The video is a great example of not only cutting on action but also using motivated edits to seamlessly transition between scenes.Video from Leonardo Dalessandri5. CutawaysCutaways take the audience away from the main action or subject. These are used primarily as transition pieces to give the audience a view of what is happening outside of the main character’s environment. This also goes a long way in helping you emphasize specific details of the mise-en-scène and allowing you to add meaning to them. You can see this clearly in this scene from the The Quick and the Dead where Sam Raimi cuts away from the gunfighters to the clock on the tower, which aids the dramatic tension.Video from Welcome to the Wild West, sonAnother way to use cutaways is during dialogue sequences. A great example of this is during a scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, where Rooney believes he is talking to Ferris, only to be met with the realization that he is on another line.Video from Lena E6. Cross-CutThe technique of the cross-cut, also known as parallel editing, is where you cut between two different scenes that are happening at the same time in different spaces. When done effectively you can tell two simultaneous stories at once and the information being given to the audience will make complete sense.In the last 10 years, probably no filmmaker has loved using the cross-cut technique more than Christopher Nolan. He’s used this technique on several films and always uses it effectively to connect the various stories lines in each film. In his 2010 film Inception, Nolan utilizes the cross-cut technique to aid the audience in keeping up with the various levels of the dream state. In fact, it often feels like the entire film is just one long series of cross-cuts. For an example of this cut, let’s watch the now famous zero gravity fight scene and watch how it connects to the crew in the van in a previous dream level.Video from Aniruddh KumarUtilizing this type of cut, you’ll need to be careful in how you structure your multiple story lines. If not done correctly, you’ll just confuse the audience more. When using the cross-cut technique, I’ve always found it extremely helpful to get a separate pair of eyes on the edit. It may make complete sense to you as the editor, but it may go right over the audiences’ head. For other examples of this type of cut, all you need to do is look to other work by Nolan. He successfully uses this technique in Memento, The Dark Knight, and Interstellar.7. MontageMontage is another technique that has been around for a long time, but isn’t used as much as the previous cuts. The idea behind the montage is to use rapid cuts of imagery to help convey the passing of time or to help aid the context of the narrative. There are many different forms of montage, but one of our favorites is the rhythmic montage in��The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. During the three-way standoff,  director Sergio Leone uses quick montage cuts to give the audience the facial reactions of all three characters. This works perfectly to heighten the tension of the moment.Video from MovieclipsAs we said, montage is also used quite often to help get the audience through a passage of time. There are great examples of this throughout film history, but one of our favorites is its usage during the original Karate Kid. Editor John G. Avildsen uses the montage to quickly get us through the karate tournament showing the main characters progress, as well as the progress of those he will eventually face.Video from TheChefDeadManInc8. Match CutsThe match cut is the technique of matching the movement or space of two opposite environments together. This technique has been used for many years. It’s most effective when you need to move the narrative along, but you need to find a way to connect them together seamlessly. There are two particular films that do this extremely well, and they are two of the most lauded films in history. The first film that we’ll look at is 2001: A Space Odyssey, and how Stanley Kubrick found a way to move from the ‘Dawn of Man sequence’ to the ‘Space Station sequence’ in the span of a second without continuity issues. He did this by showing the primitive man throwing the bone up into the air and then replacing it with a spaceship floating through space. This was extremely effective and allowed the audience to move from one scene to another easily.Video from Lee MThe second example comes from Lawrence of Arabia. After being introduced to Lawrence, director David Lean and editor Ann V. Coates needed a way to move from the space of the government offices to the deserts of Arabia. In this case they used the blowing out of the match to jump us forward in time to the rising sun of the desert. This cut works because we have the extinguishing of one light and the rise of another. Again, this keeps the flow and pace of the narrative going without disorientation to the audience.Video from MovieclipsWas this information helpful to you? Are there any other types of editing cuts you would like to learn about? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

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Insight From 2017’s Film Editing Oscar Nominees

first_imgWho is your pick for best film editor in the Oscars? Let us know in the comments. Get to know 2017’s Oscar-nominated film editors as they discuss the challenges of cutting everything from high-brow sci-fi to old-school song and dance.Cover image via ProVideo CoalitionSome say the most important part of what makes a film truly great is not the director, the studio, or the big name stars — it’s the post-production process. Just ask any editor. They’ll likely tell you the same.Film editors may not get the attention on the red carpet, but it’s a well-known industry fact that film editing can make or break a movie. The old adage of “when it’s done well, you hardly notice it” gets thrown around a lot, and while the adage certainly rings true, I assure you there are moments within each of these Academy-nominated films that will make any aspiring video editor rewind and rewatch again and again.Let’s meet this year’s nominees, admire their amazing work, and get a peek behind how they worked their craft.Arrival — Joe WalkerImage via ProVideoCoalitionWhile Amy Adams may have been snubbed for best actress for her role in Arrival, Joe Walker was an obvious nomination choice and is perhaps the frontrunner to win the category.Honing his chops editing for television and the BBC, Walker has worked his way up in Hollywood as a partner of Arrival and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve, a partnership that continues on the upcoming Blade Runner 2049. In an interview with Deadline, Walker gives insight into the challenges and freedoms of working on a project which featured CGI aliens.We set about telling the story in the most powerful way we could and what was at our disposal was quite a considerable amount of freedom. There’s the freedom of the aliens, for example. All I had to work with from set was a blank screen. Sometimes there would be a guy in a green latex suit holding a pole with a ball on it — never a good look — and it was of no help to me in terms of timing.We had the freedom between all those three worlds — we had to construct all those screens and television news reports, and write news articles and pick archive, and just feather that story in.Many things were just grabbed moments that were sort of very emotive and beautiful, a hand touching a baby’s hand in a cart, or an out-of-focus shot of a horse in a stable. They could have gone anywhere. Trying to build that into the narrative and marble this narrative through with these little glimpses of a memory, if you like.You can also watch a podcast interview (below) from Cinema Pla’net in which Walker talks about his career and working on Sicario. Hacksaw Ridge — John GilbertImage via StuffJohn Gilbert is a New Zealand-based film editor who is perhaps best known for taking on the enormous task of editing the first Lord of the Rings film, The Fellowship of the Ring.His work can be seen as paving the way for the cinematic editing style of the rest of the series. He has since established himself within the action and adventure genres with The November Man and the upcoming Sean McNamara vehicle, The King’s Daughter.When talking about some of the nuances of editing in an excellent interview on the Art of the Cut, Gilbert gives some terrific insight into how he used eye contact as a way to build scenes and define characters in Hacksaw Ridge.I think the moments of eye contact between characters are very important. Finding those moments of connection and using edits to emphasize them – or otherwise, if the story requires it – is part of making the drama work.With modulating performance, most good actors and directors will know where they’re going. A good story will build pressure on characters that will escalate as it progresses, and that will force characters to reveal who they really are.  And there’s nothing like a war story to put a character under the most severe pressure, like Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge. That’s when you see who he really is.Hell or High Water — Jake RobertsImage via The Editor’s GuildAfter starting in corporate and commercial editing, Roberts bounced around between London and Glasgow chasing his dream of being a director. He found his first brushes with film and video editing success with the breakthrough hits The Riot Club and Brooklyn.In an interview with Film Doctor, Roberts gives insight into the brave new world which digital editing offers in terms of digital adjustments and storytelling dimensions.For an editor, I’m remarkably untechnical. 95% of what I do is in my head but of course you need to be able to translate that to the screen, so I’ve certainly picked up some tricks along the way.It’s only been recently that I’ve fully discovered the extent to which you can digitally alter the rushes to suit your needs. So for example you can have an actor say a line in a shot but you don’t want them to say their next line of dialogue (either it no longer fits the story or simply isn’t necessary), in the past that would force me to cut to a different shot, potentially now we can digitally freeze their mouth so we can hold the shot but lose the line. There are lots of digital adjustments like this that we are now able to make which add dimensions to your choices as a storyteller. La La Land — Tom CrossImage via Hollywood ReporterOne of the most celebrated elements of La La Land’s recent success is the tight-knit trio of relatively new and unknown director, composer, and editor — Damien Chazelle, Justin Hurwitz and Tom Cross. Cross spent most of his early career as an assistant editor before becoming an Oscar-winner for his work on Chazelle’s Whiplash.With a growing speciality in music-centric edits, Cross talks about how to edit to the beat while working with Chazelle on both Whiplash and La La Land.It is an editor’s dream, in a lot of ways, because you have music, which is creating certain rhythm, and people have certain expectations about how that sound is going to relate to picture. It’s fun to be able to play with that. In the case of Whiplash, the directive was to tell a story, a lot of the story, at a break neck pace, and with a certain amount of precision. As if the character of Fletcher was editing the movie itself.In the case of La La Land, Damien had similar directives for the editing. They were kind of different. He had different styles that he wanted to do scenes. For La La Land, he used certain romantic scenes that would play out at a slower pace, and maybe less cuts. He knew that in order for that to really work and have the right emotional impact, he would have to offset that in other scenes. Other scenes have quick cutting, or fast cutting, or are told with dissolve, or other optical techniques. I think that something that excites me about Damien’s work is that he really looks at how editing can help tell the story.You can also watch Cross talk more in depth about his cinematic editing decisions, homages, and workflows in a conversation with Glenn Garland for the American Cinema Editors channel below. Moonlight — Nat Sanders and Joi McMillonImage via IndiewireMoonlight editing collaborators Sanders and McMillon are already a historic team, as Joi McMillon is the first ever African American woman to be nominated in the category.It’s also quite notable for being one of the few situations where a film is aided by dual editors, as it’s so distinctively broken into separate sections.When talking about the shared process in an interview on The Moveable Fest, Sanders and McMillon share how they were able to work.Nat Sanders: Neither of us had done it, but we had been working together for several years. Joi would take some scenes and I would take some scenes when we were assembling, and the way it was working out it just seemed I was cutting more scenes from the first two stories and Joi was cutting more from the third story, so after the assembly was together and Barry came in and started working with us, we just split it up. I stayed working on the first two stories and Joi took the third story and we separated it that way.Joi McMillon: When we first did it, we were just going scene by scene and then when we watched it all together, we found there’s a rhythm and flow in one section that needed to be applied to the second act or vice versa.You can also watch a longer interview with the two on DP/30: The Oral History Of Hollywood channel on how they were able to break into the industry and work together so well.last_img read more

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The Value Creator’s Code

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now I am a value creator.I make a difference for my clients, and I make a difference for my business.I am worth hiring because I know how to create value now, and I am indefatigable in my effort to develop my ability to create even more value in the future.I am a force for positive change and positive results in every endeavor in which I invest my time and energy.I am determined to produce results. I persevere where others crack and abandon their efforts.I take initiative and bring my clients valuable, breakthrough-generating ideas. When I don’t have those ideas, I’m resourceful enough to go and find them.I care deeply about my clients. This is part of the value that I create.I own the outcomes that I sell. I make sure that I execute and that my clients achieve the better results they needed when they chose to buy me.QuestionsWhat do you believe belongs on your value creator’s code?last_img read more

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UAAP Season 80 Preview: Expect the ‘unpredictable’ from La Salle Green Archers

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Despite losing a big chunk of its core from the champion team last year, La Salle remains as formidable as ever.The Green Archers are the consensus team-to-beat this UAAP season 80 and for good season with reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala still leading the fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut coach Aldin Ayo  doesn’t want to rely on just Mbala alone as he posed a challenge for the rest of the Green Archers to step up and fill the shoes left by their seniors.“We suffered big losses with the graduation of our veterans. Now, we’re a younger team, but I’m expecting my second stringers last year to respond to their bigger roles because they have bigger responsibilities now,” he said. “As much as possible, we want to be unpredictable. We have 14 guys who are capable of playing so whoever is hot, that’s where we’ll go.” UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles look to pick up where they left off For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coach: Aldin AyoLast Season: 13-1 (Champions)Holdovers: Ben Mbala, Aljun Melecio, Kib Montalbo, Ricci RiveroAdditions: Santi SantillanKey Losses: Jeron Teng, Jason Perkins, Julian Sargent, Thomas TorresADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Ayo is putting a lot of trust on his guards as he expects more from the quartet of reigning Rookie of the Year Aljun Melecio, Kib Montalbo, Ricci Rivero, and Joshua Caracut.But the main advantage for La Salle will be still its vaunted “mayhem” defense —which befuddled a lot of opponents last season.“The mayhem has always been there. Actually it’s not only on defense, but on offense also. But our system is evolving. We’re doing new things because of course, you have to present new things in the table because teams are adjusting to us. You can’t rely on the things you did last season. Our system is evolving and we’re doing a lot of new things that hopefully, will be effective,” he said.Ayo said that he hasn’t changed his approach with this players this year as he constantly tries to alleviate the pressure and trusts them enough to let them play their game.“I’ve gotten used to it and (the approach) is almost the same as last year. The competition is there andyou have to be ready. You have to prepare and we have to compete. But I just allow them to play and have fun because it’s basketball and they have to enjoy,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READlast_img read more

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Liquid cooling expands applications for CompactPCI computers

first_imgWhen the first electronic computer with almost 17,500 tubes went into operation in 1946 with ENIAC, the power loss of 175kW required special cooling. If today, seventy years later, smartphones with over 3 billion transistors and only half a watt power consumption are considered, the progress is impressive and cooling no longer seems an issue. But far from it: with increasing hunger for computing power, the issue of lost power and waste heat is of new importance. By Manuel Murer and Wolfgang K. Weber, EKF                            Download PDF version of this articleA typical industrial computer based on CompactPCI Serial with a 3U European card format generates a power loss of 50 to 80W in the form of waste heat with its XEON 3 processor. Such systems typically use high-performance graphics cards based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX or the Quadro family, for the visualization of raw data, pre-processing and events. This adds up to 150W more. It is easy to network these systems via the built-in Ethernet interfaces or the CompactPCI serial backplane, thus further increasing the computing power. Systems with 5 or 8 CPU modules are easily possible without problems. Easily? Yes, if the high-power loss of more than one kilowatt inside the volume of barely more than a shoebox would not overwhelm normal cooling systems.The entire waste heat of this video module is collected and transferred to the upper end surface (bottom left in the picture) One application for such computers is now to be found in the highly current topic autonomous driving. All manufacturers in the automotive industry are doing research on this subject and are on the roads with test vehicles. They capture relevant data from which they derive the insight as to which data and algorithms are required, and already partly react with these data autonomously (steering, braking, accelerating), albeit under the highly focused supervision of the test engineers and test drivers. These test systems are typically protected in the trunk of the vehicle, along with all other system and sensor electronics. This adds a further problem to the conventional exhaust air cooling of the multi-processor systems with high-performance fans: it is not only a problem to remove the waste heat from the subframe, there is also the question of what to do with the heat inside the luggage compartment, in the immediate vicinity of the other devices. Inside the trunk, this would soon lead to massive problems in all test systems.These two problems are solved by the new system CoolConduct from EKF, which was developed to maturity in the spring of 2017 in cooperation with a German specialist of industrial liquid cooling systems. It consists of three coordinated components. 1) A newly designed, 19″ compatible conductive plate is integrated above the subassembly of the subrack. A coolant is passed through the plate and is the primary heat exchanger for the components to be cooled. 2) A unit with (redundant) cooling pumps and a coolant tank is connected to the subrack by two bayonet Temperature inside the rack at several measurement points. T=0 Starting system w/o CoolConduct. At T=30 starting of the coolant pump. At T=35 stable conditions couplings, which can be placed several meters away from the subrack. The bayonet couplings are blow-back proof, i.e. they can be connected and decoupled in the field without coolant loss. The secondary cooling circuit is connected to the cooling pump with a further heat exchanger, which cools the coolant in the outside area. By means of these two circuits, the system can be used and cooled independently of the ambient air. Above all, there is no entry of dirt into the subassemblies via cooling. 3) Back to our presented trunk workspace for our multiprocessor system: the primary heat exchanger cools the processor and graphics modules in the rack and transfers the heat via the medium to the secondary heat exchanger. This is mounted underneath the vehicle, transversely to the direction of travel, and transfers the heat to the environment, supported by the airflow. The entire system monitors itself, any errors are, of course, reported to the test system itself and processed.In the thermographic image, the temperature difference in the cooling tubes between primary and secondary heat exchangers can be seen very clearly Up to here, the system is certainly impressive by its robustness and thermal performance alone. However, the actual innovation patented is the way in which the modules are connected to the primary heat exchanger in the subrack. The current technology with so-called wedge locks, which was used primarily in the military sector, required specially designed and therefore expensive assemblies for this purpose, which required great effort to be kept up-to-date with the latest technology.With the EKF technology, current computer assemblies (COTS) from the company-specific assembly program are used. The inverse, three-dimensional image of the assembly side is milled into a metal block and thus forms a form and, above all, heat-tight connection, specific to this assembly, to the primary heat exchanger. These conductors are made of pure copper for optimum energy transport. At the upper end of each such copper conductor is a planar surface, which is coupled to a special transfer module placed between the respective upper guide rails. These transfer modules are connected to the primary heat exchanger and have a high thermal efficiency and thus ensure the very efficient heat transfer. As a result, the modules can be plugged into the subrack at any time in the field and can be easily removed for maintenance purposes, without the need for special tools and without having to disassemble the subrack.Looking up at the heat transfer modules. In the background, the CPCI serial bus backplane can be seen. This preserves one of the essential advantages of the 19″ technology, namely the easy module replacement in the field. Often, development teams of experimental software rely precisely on this possibility to change the software or the sensor system in the field, and to then continue with the experiment. Further applications are the expansion of CPU modules or the change of mass storage. It is not only the high packing density and the small installation space of an industrial computer that can require a special management of the waste heat. There are many applications which require the cooling of computer systems separate from the ambient air, in order to prevent the penetration of e.g. explosive gases, dusts or oil-laden air. Such conditions of use can be found on drilling platforms as well as in opencast mining or in the paper-making industry, where sulfuric acid air pollutants will often result in the creeping death of modern computers, since their solder joints contain an increased amount of silver, legally required by the changeover to lead-free solder (RoHS regulation).Further examples of high-performance computer clusters in a confined space can be found not only in the purely civilian sector. Current fields of work are armored, self-propelled vehicles for use in areas of conflict, simultaneous license plate tracking across multiple highway lanes as Homeland Security application, and face detection in hot, dusty environments. Another example that is both obvious and at the same time has an exotic ring to it, is automated, computer-assisted waste sorting.The CoolConduct system from EKF offers new possibilities for the test system planner as well as for the automation specialist to allow for arbitrary computing power in his application. The advantages of high cooling performance even in harsh environments, the use of modern, up-to-date computer technology, and the ability to change the assemblies in the field is rounded off by another feature that is hardly to be expected considering the advantages: due to several intelligent details, the system is only half as expensive as traditional professional solutions available on the market.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Cable connection concept for remote embedded modular computersNext New IoT standards, products and small form factors at embedded worldlast_img read more

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Ohio State Stays Atop Newest AP Poll

first_imgOhio State's players walking onto the field.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The weekly Associated Press Top 25 poll is out, and there’s not much of a shake-up from last week’s edition.In fact, the entire top 10 is unchanged, save for Notre Dame and Stanford switching spots at No. 8 and No. 9. Memphis and Michigan flip-flopped at 15 and 16 and UNC vaulted up to No. 21 following a win over then-ranked Pittsburgh. UCLA, Temple, Mississippi State and Texas A&M round out the poll. Here are the full rankings, courtesy of the AP: 1. Ohio State 2. Baylor 3. Clemson 4. LSU 5. TCU 6. Michigan State 7. Alabama 8. Notre Dame 9. Stanford 10. Iowa 11. Florida 12. Oklahoma State 13. Utah 14. Oklahoma 15. Memphis 16. Michigan 17. Florida State 18. Houston  19. Ole Miss 20. Toledo 21. UNC 22. UCLA 23. Temple 24. Mississippi State 25. Texas A&MHere are last week’s rankings. What do you think, college football fans?last_img read more

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Scorpio Tankers Puts Deliveries to Work

first_imgzoom Monaco-based tanker specialist Scorpio Tankers has taken delivery of one LR2 and one MR product tanker newbuild.The STI Oxford is an LR2 product tanker delivered from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, which upon delivery began a voyage for 50 days at approximately USD 41,000 per day.The MR tanker STI Queens was delivered from South Korea’s SPP Shipbuilding and began a time charter for up to 120 days at approximately USD 18,000 per day.Scorpio Tankers currently owns 67 tankers with an average age of 0.8 years, time charters-in 21 product tankers, and has contracted for 11 newbuilding product tankers (five MR and six LR2), seven of which are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2015 and the remaining four vessels throughout 2016.The company has also reached agreements to sell two of its older LR1 vessels.Scorpio Tankers plans to issue its first quarter 2015 earnings today.last_img read more

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Cargotec Nabs Two

first_imgzoom Cargotec has, through Kalmar and MacGregor, won contracts to retrofit two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes in Egypt, and to provide equipment package for two 38,000 dwt bulk carriers currently under construction in China.Kalmar will retrofit both electrically and mechanically two STS cranes for Alexandria Container & Cargo Handling Co. (ACCHCO) at the Port of Alexandria, Egypt. The order was signed into Cargotec’s 2015 second quarter order intake, and the project is planned to be completed by the end of 2015. The value of the order is approximately EUR 3.5 million.The cranes, originally supplied by Cerretti Tanfany, have been operational since 1995. The cranes will be fully refurbished both electrically and mechanically, replacing the most critical components in order to extend the lifetime of the cranes. The works include the replacement of the current spreaders by Bromma spreaders that will be supplied as part of the retrofit works.MacGregor will supply equipment package for the two 38,000 dwt bulk carriers. The order was booked into second quarter order intake and includes the following: design and key components for hatch covers, deck cranes, electric deck machinery, steering gear, and an air compressor.last_img read more

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Outgoing Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson reflects on 10 years in office

first_imgVANCOUVER – After 10 years leading British Columbia’s largest city, Gregor Robertson is preparing to step away from the helm.Whatever the outgoing mayor set out to achieve for Vancouver has largely been overshadowed by his role piloting the city through some of its greatest trials.Sitting in the ceremonial room where he has hosted countless meetings, Robertson said he’s comfortable with any lens people choose to view his performance.“Collectively we’ve achieved a lot of great successes. But generally in politics and particularly being the mayor, you end up being in the blame game for when things do go wrong. And when there are global challenges, like affordability, that are hitting every big city in the world and hitting us particularly hard, people want to blame me for that,” Robertson, 54, said.“That’s OK, I can handle it.”A decade ago, Robertson had a clear vision for achievement: Make Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020, end homelessness by 2015, increase affordable housing and strengthen the economy.In fact, Robertson and his council managed to achieve, or at least make dents in, many of those goals.The unemployment rate is among the lowest in the country at 4.5 per cent. Robertson said more than half of residents use transportation other than cars, an objective that he said was reached five years ahead of schedule in 2015.Gordon Price, who was a Vancouver councillor for six terms and is the former director for The City Program at Simon Fraser University, said when a political promise is checked off the list it doesn’t often come with gold stars from voters.“In a sense, when you were elected to do something and you actually do it, the big response is ‘yawn,’ ” Price said.What Robertson didn’t anticipate was the scale of multiple crises that would knock some of Vancouver’s most vulnerable down and change the very character of the city.The year he took office, the global economic recession hit. Four years ago, people began dying from overdoses in unprecedented numbers. In the last decade, rising property values made the city unaffordable for many.Each presented an obstacle, taken together, they have overwhelmed the city, Robertson said.“People are dying in unprecedented numbers, that’s been really difficult. You know the bigger, longer crisis of affordable housing was decades in the making and then we got walloped with the biggest influx of global capital really that any city had seen all at once.”Political scientist David Moscrop, who recently left B.C. for the department of communications at the University of Ottawa, said Robertson promised too much in certain areas like homelessness.In 2018, the number of Vancouverites facing homelessness was pegged at 2,181, over 1,500 were living in shelters or other centres and 659 were living on the street. In 2010, just over 1,700 homeless were counted in the city.Moscrop said it’s unfair to put all of the blame for such problems on local governments when they require a co-ordinated response from their provincial and federal counterparts.On balance, Moscrop said Robertson did “fine” and given the challenges, he’s not sure anyone could have done better.“I think he’s about as good as he could be within the context he was operating,” Moscrop said.Moscrop predicted another tough few years for the city.“I don’t think there’s any doubt he’s leaving it in worse shape than he found it. But I’m not convinced the next mayor will necessarily be able to address these problems either,” he said.However, Moscrop said the next council will have the benefit of working with other levels of government that are now “willing to play ball.”Financially, Robertson said Vancouver is in better shape than its ever been.Rental housing accounted for more than half of the developments approved this year, he said, compared with 10 years ago when it made up five per cent of the supply.“The new council and mayor, they’re going to have to keep going. This is going to take years,” Robertson said.The city also has a history of “bouncing back,” he said, pointing to the way the community came together to clean up after the Stanley Cup riots in 2011.“I think as a city we’ve gotten a lot more resilient and closer in terms of dealing with these challenges.”As for what’s on the horizon, Robertson plans to take his first long vacation in about 20 years this winter.“I’m ready for a break from politics,” he said. “Basically, I won’t be responsible for the city anymore so I need to transition out of that mindset and open my eyes to what I want to do next.”last_img read more

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University of Winnipeg Lung Association looking for TB patients from the past

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsA new project was launched this week in Winnipeg that is trying to identify patients who had tuberculosis (TB) and were sent to hospitals in Manitoba and the doctors who treated them.For decades Indigenous people living with tuberculosis were sent to so-called Indian hospitals or sanatoriums across Canada.Many children there faced the similar abuse experienced in residential schools.The Manitoba Indigenous Tuberculosis Photo Project is a collaboration between the University of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Lung Association, formerly known as the Sanatorium Board of Manitoba.The team is tasked with identifying patients and doctors from a series of approximately 150 photos donated by the Manitoba Lung Association.“Our number one goal is to share the photos back to patients and back to communities,” said Erin Millions, a post-doctoral fellow at the U of W and one of the leads on the project.“A lot of academic research projects aren’t designed to put the needs of the communities first and our goal is to respond to community requests and give those photos back.”Don Courchene’s older brother Leonard was sent to a hospital for TB.Now he’s flipping through a photobook filled with unidentified toddlers in cribs and children in matching pajamas with the hope of finding him.Find more information here on Facebook and TwitterCourchene remembers the day Leonard was taken from their family home is Sagkeeng First Nation.It happened in the early 60s when Courchene was a young child.“One day you’re living together and then the next day he’s gone and we don’t know where he’s gone,” said Courchene.Leonard was in his early teens when he was sent to a sanatorium in Manitoba.It would be years before Leonard returned home.“It’s a lost feeling like where are they gone? You don’t see them anymore,” said Courchene.Courchene took some time to scan the photos while on a short break.While he didn’t find his brother, he said he would be back to finish viewing the rest of the photos.The project set up a booth a block away from the second National Elders Gathering in Winnipeg with hopes of reaching a wide audience.The project was originally supposed to be a social media campaign but Millions said this changed with direction from the university’s Indigenous Advisory Council.“Indigenous ex-patients, their families, their descendants and communities are sort of clamouring for this sort of engagement with them about these histories of Indigenous health history,” she said.A class action lawsuit was launched by survivors against the federal government in 2018.Millions said hearing some of the stories from survivors has been ‘heartbreaking.’“These are kids who were sent away for medical treatment. We know that in the hospitals and sanatoriums, as in residential schools, it was underfunded, it was underpaid, patients received sub par treatment. There was abuse,” she said.Millions hopes to take the photos to other communities in Manitoba.In the meantime, the group will be posting photos on their Facebook and Twitter pages.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

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ANRT Orders Moroccan Telecom Companies to Fully Restore VoIP

Rabat – Skype, Whatsapp and Viber – immensely popular VoIP services that have been banned in Morocco for almost a year – have been fully restored, according to anonymous sources who spoke to Le360.The National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT) sent letters to Maroc Telecom, INWI and Meditel on Thursday ordering them to allow Internet calling services to be functional again.News of VoIP’s return to Morocco comes three days before the United Nations Convention of the Parties 22 (COP22) conference starts in Marrakesh. Two weeks ago, ANRT’s former director, Azeddine El Mountassir Billah, was dismissed from his position without prior notice under unclear circumstances.The regulator is current facing a lawsuit by a Moroccan citizen who claims the ban directly harmed him economically and personally. ANRT argues that consumers do not have the right to sue the agency because the users have not signed a contract with the government entity, as Moroccan telecom firms have.The ban met fierce resistance from Moroccans living abroad when it was implemented in January. Over ten thousand citizens signed a petition calling on Head of Government Abdelilah Bekirane to lift the blockage.Moroccan parents with dual citizenship in Western countries posted pictures that showed their children holding letters with a request to King Mohammed VI to intervene in ANRT’s decision.A study by the American Center for Technological Innovation at the Brooking Institution last month revealed that the Morocco economy has lost $320 million as a direct result of the VoIP ban. read more

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Further sporadic human cases of bird flu can be expected in Asian

With the number of human bird flu cases in Viet Nam since mid-December now reaching 10, nine of them fatal, the United Nations health agency has warned that further sporadic cases and occasional family clusters can be expected considering the current spread of outbreaks in poultry in some Asian countries.Experience to date indicates that possible human-to-human transmission has occurred mainly during prolonged close contact of a family member with a patient who was critically ill with the H5 virus subtype, which earlier last year infected 45 people, 32 of them fatally, and resulted in the deaths or culling of more than 100 million birds, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.WHO has warned several times over the past year of the potential evolution of the virus into a human pandemic which, in a worst-case scenario, could have devastatingly deadly consequences.The agency said Viet Nam’s Health Ministry yesterday reported the two latest laboratory confirmed cases, both fatal, in the southern part of the country.A family cluster of three brothers, two of whom died, in northern Viet Nam has been the focus of intense investigation. The source of infection of the two who died remains undetermined, while the third, who provided bedside care for his brothers, was hospitalized with respiratory symptoms and has now fully recovered.Surveillance for further cases among health care workers, other family members and residents in both communities where the brothers lived has so far found no evidence of additional cases. If limited human-to-human transmission has occurred, all evidence at this stage suggests that the chain of transmission ended after a single person was infected, WHO said.The agency has already warned that cooler winter temperatures and activities linked to the approach of the Lunar New Year in February may increase the risk of further human cases.Last year it voiced concern several times that continuing transmission of the virus to humans might give avian and influenza viruses an opportunity to exchange genes, potentially giving rise to a new human virus with pandemic potential. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-20 is estimated to have killed 20 million people worldwide. read more

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UN agencies scale up work in Bangladesh as Rohingya refugee crisis enters

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released $1.5 million from its contingency fund to deploy additional staff and resources to combat a rapidly spreading outbreak of diphtheria among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar. The disease has killed 21, with more than 1,500 probable cases reported.“The Rohingya refugees are an extremely vulnerable population, with low routine vaccination coverage,” said Roderico Ofrin, Regional Emergency Director, WHO South-East Asia Regional Office. “The funds released will be crucial to sustaining our efforts until we receive more support from donors for this response.”For 2018, the health sector will request additional funding to help 1.2 million people living in refugee camps and temporary settlements.Meanwhile, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), people are continuing to arrive in Bangladesh from Myanmar.However, the agency reports that the pace of the influx has now slowed, with estimated average arrival rates having dropped from 745 per day in November to 100 per day so far this month. In a UNHCR-supported quick assessment survey, refugees expressed numerous worries, including feeling unsafe at night given weak shelters and a lack of lighting, and concerns about general safety. Access to sanitation is still insufficient, leading sometimes to long queues for latrines. Women and girls are anxious about the shortage of private bathing spaces, forcing some to wash outside their shelters in the early morning hours. The survey also found that some children have to walk longer distances to fetch water and bring firewood. Parents and children want access to education and more safe places for children to play.Health services are also a wide concern. Increased mental health support for those who have witnessed the killings or suffered torture or rape remains crucially needed. Refugees cite continued feelings of depression and rejection, especially among the elderly and disabled. Many young people are worried about their uncertain future.Some refugees said that irregular food distributions and long queues had meant going hungry for days. Drawing upon the findings of this latest assessment, UNHCR will further refine and reinforce its protection and assistance. read more

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Driver in hit and run carries Police constable on bonnet before

A search is presently ongoing for the driver of a silver/grey motor vehicle bearing licence plates PTT 7447, who reportedly committed a “hit and run” on a police constable on Monday afternoon while in the vicinity of Regent and King Streets, Georgetown.The injured constable has been identified as Dominique Johnson who is attached to the Brickdam Police Station’s traffic department.Based on police information, the incident occurred at about 12:00hrs.According to Johnson, at the time mentioned, he was performing traffic duties in uniform at the intersection while the implicated vehicle was proceeding north on the western side of King street.The said vehicle was reportedly directed to stop by the Constable and as such, it did.However, as the rank was in the process of walking towards the motorcar, the driver allegedly drove off at a fast rate of speed, hitting Johnson, who reportedly fell onto the bonnet of the car.At that time, the driver then continued in a northern direction of the Street with Johnson still on the bonnet, and turned west on to North Road, causing the constable to fall onto the northern parapet of the road.The vehicle then drove away.INews understands that the rank, who sustained visible injuries about his body, was picked up by public spirited persons in a conscious state and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where he was treated for his injuries and subsequently discharged.This online publication was also informed that the information regarding the owner and driver of the implicated vehicle was gathered from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and an arrest is expected to be made soon. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice Constable crushed by truck while on dutyJuly 6, 2015In “Crime”Minibus driver alleges police harassment; charged with resisting arrest & assaulting traffic rankNovember 14, 2013In “Crime”Plumber accused of shooting at Police with unlicenced gun, ammo remandedApril 23, 2018In “Court” read more

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DENMARK 2015 Montenegro without Petrović and Bulatović

The Olympic finalists and European gold medal winners from Serbia 2012, Montenegro, will be without two important players at World Championship which will start on December 5 in Denmark. Playmaker Andjela Bulatović and right wing Radmila Petrović (mononucleosis) won’t be able to help their team-mates to improve their only average record at World Championships.Despite two medals in 2012 and semi-final at Women’s EHF EURO 2014, Montenegro lost two times at eight-finals at WCh 2011 and WCh 2013.Montenegro will compete in Group A in Herning alongside Denmark, Serbia, Hungary, Tunisia and Japan. Andjela BulatovicmONTENEGRORadmila PetrovićWCh 2015 Denmark ← Previous Story The end of 2015 for Diego Simonet Next Story → Rhein Neckar Lowen are back on winning track!

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Bracing for the pain

first_imgWith Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey tipped to announce the harshest economic plan in a decade, people are worried. The “end of the age of entitlement” and “budget emergency” have been the preferred phrases to describe the reason for a radical surgery of the Australian economy – with precious little anaesthetic on hand to relieve the pain.“Debt per head has actually been much higher in the past… so it’s not really something we should be worried about.” Andrew KorlosThe preamble that came from the Commission of Audit put on the table a menu of unpalatable items; paying additional fees to see a GP, raising the pension age, and lifting the bar for welfare benefits. It’s not a recipe that appeals to any Australian. But traditional migrant communities may have more reason than most to challenge the assumptions that underlie what will be announced on Tuesday – particularly the Greek community with its rapidly ageing population and culturally specific needs.To get a sense of the unease, felt not by those at the sharpest end of the economic scale, but by entrepreneural, employed, achievers – people non-aligned directly to any political party, I spent an hour in Oakleigh and met two of its residents: Toula Kourelis is the owner of a small hospitality business on Eaton Street, and Andrew Korlos – a young corporate lawyer. Andrew (25), who majored in ‘econometrics’ (the application of mathematics and computer science to economic data) when studying for his economics degree, questions the government’s description of an economy in crisis. “Looking at the numbers, government spending is actually not that high,” says Andrew.“What’s happening is that tax revenues have taken a big hit over the past four years, and unemployment has been creeping up. When you have low revenue your budget gets into a worse position.”“Debt per head has actually been much higher in the past. In the early 1990s it was much higher, so it’s not really something we should be worried about.” One of the biggest concerns for the former Oakleigh Grammar student is the deficit levy – the temporary tax increase on those earning more than $150,000, which is already locked into the budget plan.“From an economic policy perspective, it’s bad policy, because it’s pro-cyclical – which in non-economist speech, means that when you have a deficit,” says Korlos, “the last thing you want to do is pull back on spending and consumption”.Andrew – who offers his time as a volunteer at the Australian Greek Welfare Society – says that the assumptions of the Commission of Audit – “a who’s who of the Business Council of Australia”, are fundamentally flawed, and with so much reportedly hanging on their pronouncements, he warns the budget’s likely to not only be painful, but counterproductive.“Based on the the announcement of the deficit levy, I think that’ll make everybody worse off,” he says, adding that suggested changes to Medicare and welfare reforms such as increasing the pension age and changing the indexing of pensions – are “entirely regressive”.Toula Kourelis, mother of three young children and owner of 5Five Bakehouse Kitchen in the Eaton Street mall, agrees.Asked to share her main concerns, Ms Kourelis says the government’s reported plans for changing Medicare – including the Commission of Audit’s recommendation for all patients to make extra Medicare payments of $15 – are the most disturbing.“I’m one of the fortunate ones who could probably afford to take my children to the doctor still, if appointments became more expensive, but there’s a lot of families out there who don’t have that ability,” says Toula.“Getting more revenue through healthcare is wrong,” she adds. Toula believes the budget could also spell problems for her business if the government’s sums affect consumer sentiment.Having launched her upmarket Oakleigh cafe only recently, any downturn would hit her and other local businesses hard.Despite Tony Abbott’s rhetoric that the budget will divide the pain equally, Toula believes low-income earners will suffer the most.“If people are short-changed, it’s going to affect businesses like mine because we’re in a predominantly working class area. “People might still have cash in their pockets, but they’ll be scared to spend it,” she says, adding that increasing the pension age is particularly unjust. “When someone has been working from a young age, and looking forward to retiring at the age of 65, and then being asked to work an extra five years, it’s going to take a toll on their bodies. “They’ll be going to doctors, paying the extra charges, so it’s all connected.”The Abbott government’s austerity measures are aimed at the greater good, but the question is, who will be left behind on this hard road to fix the nation’s economic future? Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Amérique du Nord les espèces de poissons deau douce bien plus nombreuses

first_imgAmérique du Nord : les espèces de poissons d’eau douce bien plus nombreuses qu’évaluéesUne équipe de scientifiques révèlent dans une étude parue en juin que plus du quart des espèces de poissons du Canada et des États-Unis n’auraient pas été correctement décrites. Ainsi, les écosystèmes aquatiques nord-américains abriteraient beaucoup plus d’espèces aquatiques qu’on le croyait. Selon une étude parue le 28 juin dernier dans les Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, aux Etats-Unis, les poissons d’eau douce situés dans les écosystèmes nord-américains sont beaucoup plus variés qu’on ne le croyait jusqu’alors. Les données publiées par Julien April et Louis Bernatchez, du Département de biologie, et leurs collègues Richard Mayden et Robert Hanner, révèlent que le nombre d’espèces de poissons d’eau douce, qui s’établit présentement à 902 au Canada et aux États-Unis, pourrait être en réalité 28% plus élevé.C’est après avoir étudié des spécimens de 752 espèces conservées dans des musées que les chercheurs sont arrivés à cette étonnante conclusion. En effet, l’identité de ces poissons avait été établie par des experts sur la base de caractères uniquement morphologiques. Les chercheurs ont donc choisi de faire la même chose mais en utilisant le degré de similitude d’une séquence d’ADN mitochondrial comme critère de regroupement. À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine natureLe résultat indique alors que si dans 90% des cas l’identification était correcte, la copie est à revoir pour 10% des espèces restantes. “Il y a une biodiversité cachée qui n’avait pas été détectée lors de l’examen à l’œil nu des poissons”, constate le professeur Bernatchez. “Il pourrait y avoir 347 espèces là où on croyait en avoir 138”, rapporte techno-science.net.L’isolement géographique en cause Les chercheurs indiquent qu’il s’agit surtout de poissons qui possèdent une grande aire de répartition et dont les populations sont isolées géographiquement depuis très longtemps. Cet isolement a favorisé les adaptations locales, l’accumulation de différences génétiques et la divergence des populations. Le professeur Bernatchez explique que “cette situation est plus courante dans le sud des États-Unis où l’isolement géographique dure depuis très longtemps, jusqu’à 15 millions d’années dans certains cas. Au Canada, les glaciations récurrentes ont effacé l’accumulation de différences entre populations”.Le 1 octobre 2011 à 16:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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SEC Filing Reveals Performance Details at QuadGraphics World Color

first_imgWhile World Color’s profit losses narrowed last year, the company still reported a net loss of $154 million, according to the filing. Operating revenues in 2009 declined 23.5 percent to $3.07 billion. It was the biggest revenue drop-off across the five-year period.In 2008, the company reported $462 million in net losses on $4.01 billion in sales. The profit slide was most severe in 2007, when World Color reported a net loss of $1.88 billion. Operating revenues that year were $4.65 billion, down only about 8 percent compared to 2006.As of the five-month period ended December 31, 2009, World Color carried $486 million in long-term debt, the filing said.Formally called Quebecor World, World Color filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Canada and the U.S. in early 2008 and emerged with the new name last July. World Color’s board of directors approved Quad’s acquisition offer in January.Under Debt, Quad Moves Toward Acquisition Like World Color, Quad also has seen a profit decline since 2007—just not nearly as dramatic. Last year, Quad reported an operating income of $112.4 million and $1.78 billion in net sales. Between 2005 and 2008, the company reported its highest revenues in 2008 at $2.26 billion and its highest profits in 2007 at $246.7 million.Profits aside, Quad in the filing indicated that it carries significantly more long-term debt (including capital lease obligations) than World Color, reported at $765.5 million. Combined, both companies carry approximately $1.25 billion in long-term debt.The companies are expected to hold a special meeting of World Color shareholders to vote on the acquisition arrangement. A Quad spokesperson told FOLIO:  the scheduling of that meeting is dependent on the SEC declaring the preliminary registration statement effective. SEE ALSO: Quad Offers Realistic, Promising Outlook on Magazine Trend In a preliminary registration statement filed recently with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Sussex, Wisconsin-based Quad/Graphics outlined the details surrounding its proposed stock exchange acquisition of fellow printer World Color, as well as its intention to become a publicly-traded company following the deal’s completion.In addition to offering insight into the workings of the acquisition (Quad/Graphics shareholders would own a 60 percent stake in the combined company while World Color shareholders would take a 40 percent stake), the document provides a five-year perspective on the financial performances of both companies, illustrating the staggering profit losses reported by World Color during the final three years of that period. last_img read more

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S Korea surveys families interested for reunions in N korea

first_imgPeople watch a TV broadcasting a news report on the upcoming summit between the US and North Korea, in Seoul, South Korea, 11 June 2018. South Korea has started surveying South Koreans who would be willing to meet their war-separated relatives in North Korea. Photo: ReutersSouth Korea has started surveying South Koreans who would be willing to meet their war-separated relatives in North Korea for temporary reunions planned between the rivals as a reconciliatory measure.Seoul’s Unification Ministry said Monday the surveys conducted through home visits, phone calls and letters will continue through 10 August.South Korea has lobbied hard for Tuesday’s summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the future of Kim’s nuclear program.Seoul says improved inter-Korean relations are important because North Korea wouldn’t be willing to give up its nuclear weapons unless it feels its security has been assured. Kim’s meeting with Trump comes after Kim’s recent meetings with South Korean president Moon Jae-in.The Koreas plan to hold military talks Thursday to reduce tension across their heavily armed border.last_img read more

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After Second Davis Mistrial SAO Says Will Reassess

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROA seemingly endless legal quagmire that has resulted in three separate murder trials for Baltimore resident Keith Davis, again ended without resolution this week after a jury failed to return a verdict and a judge declared a mistrial in the killing of Kevin Jones.The latest effort by prosecutors to convict Davis of gunning down Jones in 2015 was again punctuated with twist and turns, including new surveillance video that Davis’ defense said pointed to an alternate yet-to-be identified suspect.Youtube Screenshot (Courtesy Photo/Baltimore BLOC)The video shows a man walking towards the murder scene while placing a makeshift mask over his face. The defense argued the person captured in the footage is not Davis. Meanwhile, a detective testified during the trial that the video was not relevant to the case.“I do believe it is exculpatory,” Latoya Francis-Williams, Davis’ attorney told the AFRO.“And it is more than concerning that the lead detective would testify he saw the video and thought there was no evidentiary value,” she added.The video is one of a myriad of reasons Francis-Williams says the state should not try the case again that alleges Davis shot Jones 11 times in June of 2015 during a robbery.“This has been draining emotionally, financially and physically,” she said. “Sadly, it is a strategy for the state to wear someone down.”Prosecutors allege Davis shot Jones while he was working as a security guard at Pimlico Racetrack. Police eventually cornered Davis at a nearby garage where he was shot by an officer.They continue to point to forensic evidence as key to their case. Davis’ fingerprints were found on the gun used to shoot Jones. Cell phone tracking records placed him in the vicinity of the parking lot where Jones was shot during the time the murder occurred.“We are committed to obtaining justice for the victim in this case so we will reassess and make a determination about the next steps soon,” State’s Attorney Spokesperson Melba Sanders wrote in an email.But the case has also been marked by controversial evidence and judicial intervention from the onset.In the second trial after a jury returned a guilty verdict Judge Lynn Stewart Mays granted a motion for a new trial shortly after the defense challenged the veracity of key witness testimony.That witness, David Gutierrez, testified that Davis took credit for the slaying Jones during several conversations in jail.But the defense argued in a motion for a new trial he was unreliable because he failed to disclose his connection to a drug related murder in Texas. The motion also argued it would have been impossible for the conversation to occur because Gutierrez and Davis were assigned to different cell blocks.“They were not even in the same building they were never on the same tier, they could not have been in the same cell,” Francis-Williams, told the AFRO shortly after the judge’s decision to grant a new trial.In court filings after the second trial, prosecutors argue that Gutierrez was not only a credible witness, but interacted with Davis while selling him alcohol from his cell; during which Gutierrez claims the conversations he recounted occurred.last_img read more

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