Ramdhani places fifth in Vancouver Island University tournament

first_imgGUYANA’S Sunburst Badminton champion Narayan Ramdhani placed fifth overall in Men Singles draw of sixteen players when the Vancouver Island University hosted an Under-23 tournament last Saturday in Nanaimo.Ramdhani is currently on scholarship in Vancouver Canada, pursuing a degree in Sports Science.The 18-year-old, who had represented Shuttlesport Badminton Academy, reached the quarterfinals in the main draw by defeating Robert Foster of Vancouver Island University 21-13, 21-18, but lost to James Ho of University of British Colombia 21-14, 19-21, 21-5 in a thrilling three. James Ho eventually won the tournament.In the placement draw, Narayan defeated Thomas Tran of Simon Fraser University 21-9, 21-7 and Jack Chen of University of British Colombia 21-23, 21-10, 21-12.Narayan teamed up with Zack Fan of Shuttlesport where they played the Men Under-23 doubles on Sunday.last_img read more

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What Sesame Street tune is Robbie Gould singing away from 49ers?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — As 49ers flocked back to the team facility Monday for the offseason program, franchise-tagged kicker Robbie Gould was not among them.Gould has yet to sign his $5 million tender, so it’s no surprise he’s not immediately reporting to the nine-week sessions, which are voluntary except for a June 11-13 minicamp.Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s return from knee reconstruction figures to command the most attention throughout the program, and while several other players also battle back …last_img

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Kentridge artwork re-animates Joburg

first_img7 August 2009 Created by world-renowned artist William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx, the latest addition to Johannesburg’s public art is a commanding presence – and an important part of the regeneration of Joburg’s inner city. The Fire Walker stands tall in the inner city of South Africa’s commercial capital, greeting pedestrians and motorists as they travel over the Queen Elizabeth Bridge connecting Braamfontein and the central business district. Artist William Kentridge, in his trademark white shirt, charcoal jacket and panama hat, was present to witness the unveiling of the sculpture he created together with Gerhard Marx. A small crowd of about 50 people buzzed around the 11-metre sculpture. Kentridge and Marx looked relaxed. The sculpture consists of large black and white metal plates, positioned in layers. The plates are evocative of torn bits of paper. Walking around the sculpture provides a multitude of broken images, until at one point all the images come together, and The Fire Walker comes alive as a woman walking, bundled up, with a burning brazier on her head. Local women cook mealies or “smileys” – roasted sheeps’ heads – in such braziers, walking around the city and selling them to passers-by. Extremely relieved Kentridge said he was extremely relieved that the statue was up and looked good. It had gone from four 1m high paper drawings, to a 3-metre high marquette, and over some two months, to the striking sculpture at the entrance to the CBD. “This is a familiar place,” said Kentridge. “It is very nice to be back in it.” He recounted how his grandfather, a lawyer, used to have rooms just 100 metres from the small triangular square in which the sculpture is mounted. He would visit his grandfather here, and remembers the women with braziers on their heads. “I am happy to be part of the re-animating of the city,” the artist added. Whereas a sculpture is usually constructed in the artist’s studio or yard, Kentridge said this one had to be constructed on site, with an engineer and project manager directing the operation, overseen by Marx. “I would stand across the road, and phone them and tell them to move a piece five centimetres to the left,” Marx said, smiling. “This is really exciting to add something to the city I grew up in. It slowly fell together over a two-month period.” He explained that he had been working with Kentridge on a series of sculptures since last year. The images were for the camera – Kentridge is famous for his artistic films, as well as fine art. Kentridge said he was looking forward to seeing the different shadows reflected on different pieces of the work, particularly when the sky was overcast, dark and purple. The City of Joburg had approached Kentridge several times, asking whether he could do something to add to its growing body of public art, said Lael Bethlehem, the chief executive of the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), the body overseeing the commissioning and erection of the art. “I want to thank William Kentridge for his incredibly deep engagement with the city, for this extraordinary act of creation. Thank you for this incredible act of generosity and commitment that the artists have shown,” she said. “We at the JDA see artwork as an important part of the regeneration of the city.” Many works Bethlehem spoke about the many artworks that had been erected around the city – in Jewel City, in Braamfontein, at the Baralink Taxi Rank, at the Governor’s House in Hillbrow, in Pieter Roos Park, and a road sign soccer field in Joe Slovo Drive. “Working with artists is one of the many pleasures of working at the JDA.” She spoke of how artists were creating art out of insignificant items – forgotten tree trunks, for instance. The works were a “celebration of the street life of Joburg”, with many parties contributing – residents, corporates, taxi drivers. “It is all of these elements that make up this tapestry.” Bethlehem also thanked the political leadership of the city, particularly Executive Mayor Amos Masondo, for supporting the public art programme. That programme consists of devoting up to 1 percent of all projects undertaken, to the creation of public art. As a result, the city has blossomed with mosaic, wooden and metal sculptures, beaded sculptures, concrete creations and benches. Rebuilding takes time “The rebuilding of the inner city takes time,” she added. “It needs the commitment and energies of a wide of range of people.” Bethlehem also spoke of the need to build an alliance, particularly with corporates in the inner city, turn old buildings around. “I invite all companies that have a commitment to the city, to come with us. The most powerful tool is the public artwork.” The triangle on which The Fire Walker has been erected has been transformed – from a car wash area for about 80 taxis to a grassy park with flower beds complementing several mature trees. A BRT station will in time be built at the southern end. Kentridge and Marx said they were considering a similar artwork in Naples, Italy. 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A Chinese Firm Is Convicted of Stealing Trade Secrets

first_img2. “(b) On or about March 7, 2011, KARABASEVIC used the internet to access an AMSC computer in Middleton, Wisconsin, to secretly copy the development folder for the PM3000 [proprietary software that is the Power Module], which included the PM3000 source code.3. “(k) On or about June 2, 2011, ZHAO HAICHUN, in a written Skype “chat,” reported to KARABASEVIC that he was at a wind turbine farm in Gansu, China, and had conducted a “voltage sag” test on twenty-one SINOVEL wind turbines to which the L VRT update had been copied. ZHAO HAICHUN noted that the test was successful and wrote to KARABASEVIC that it was “all because of you.”4. “(m) On or about October 25, 2011, SINOVEL and ZHAO HAICHUN copied and caused to be copied the software compiled from the stolen and modified AMSC PM3000 source code into a wind turbine in Charlestown, Massachusetts.” Stuart Kaplow is an attorney specializing in environmental law. This post originally appeared at his website, Green Building Law Update. The charges read like a spy novelThe grand jury charges in this case read like something out of a Cold War spy novel:1. “(a) On or about February 26, 2011, ZHAO HAICHUN [a Chinese national residing in China] emailed KARABASEVIC [a Serbian national who worked for AMSC Wintec through June 30, 2011] a contract offering a salary of 11 million renminbi (approximately $1.7 million) for KARABASEVIC to work for SINOVEL from May 2011 through June 2017, essentially doubling KARABASEVIC’s annual pay. RELATED ARTICLES While many people focused on the tariffs of 30% imposed by the United States on imported photovoltaic cells and modules last month, most missed the larger renewable energy news story: After an 11-day trial, a federal jury in Wisconsin convicted the Chinese firm Sinovel of stealing wind technology, including trade secrets.Beijing-based Sinovel is the largest wind turbine manufacturer in China and possibly the largest in the world, so when it is convicted of all charges in a criminal case involving the theft of trade secrets, including copyrighted software to produce “wind turbines, and to retrofit existing wind turbines with [stolen] technology, without having to pay” for the software, products, or services, that’s significant.The dollar amounts are staggering. In March 2011, Sinovel owed American Superconductor more than $100 million for software, products, and services previously delivered, and had contracted to purchase more than an additional $700 million of software. But what is astounding is the conspiracy to use stolen proprietary information to produce billions of dollars of new wind turbine products, including those sold in the U.S.[The Wall Street Journal reported in an article that Sinovel gained access to proprietary source code through a disgruntled employee of American Superconductor.] Sinovel faces fines of $4.8 billionSentencing is set for June 4. Federal officials previously announced that, taking into consideration the grave financial damage done to the U.S.-based American Superconductor and its successor, Sinovel faces fines of up to $4.8 billion.Appreciating the import of this much-watched criminal case, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement released on the day of the guilty verdict that Chinese disrespect for “intellectual property rights, by commercial espionage” poses a direct threat to the U.S.This trade secret theft decision is a big deal in terms of the increasing attention being paid by the U.S. government to intellectual property theft by Chinese interests. The U.S. is responding to the aggressive mercantilist policies of Chinese companies. The U.S. reaction portends dramatic shifts in the business of renewable energy and sustainability — a business that has become intertwined with China — in the U.S. and across the globe. Could a Trade Dispute With China End the U.S. Solar Boom? How the Suniva Trade Dispute is Reshaping the Solar IndustryPresident Trump Imposes Tariffs on Solar Panelslast_img read more

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Lighting A Scene Solely With Practicals

first_imgDo you know other practical lighting tips? Let us know in the comments. Looking to save money on your next project? Learn how to light a scene solely with practical lights for a dramatic (and affordable) look.A practical light is an actual working light that appears in a scene. This can be a household lamp, a TV, candles, Christmas lights, or any number of other light sources, and in this guide, we will look at lighting an interior scene solely with practical lights — which will cost you no more than $30. This approach is perfect if you’re in a pinch and can’t access your lighting setup or if you are part of a project improvising scenes as you go.Before we jump fully into the tutorial, let’s have a look at a scene. The scene doesn’t rely only on household practicals, but they feature prominently. I want to emphasize the importance of three-dimensional space when solely using practical lighting because, as I said, they’re not ideal for fully illuminating an actor like a Fresnel kit or something similar.However, when you can separate layers of the composition with practical lighting, it can create a much more interesting dynamic. At the top of the previous image, we see flat space — there is essentially just one surface plane. The shot wasn’t coming together, but we didn’t have the space to bring the sofa forward make it work in this room. Therefore, we moved this shot into the kitchen, as you can see in the bottom image, where we created compositional depth along the z-axis. The result is much more aesthetically pleasing, and the household lights work great.This is crucial when you’re lighting solely with practicals. Give the image breathing room, and your final lighting setup will improve. In the perfect circumstance with proper lights, we would aim for something like the following:We have a 1×1 softbox behind us, a very small Fresnel just off to the side, and a practical in the background. This is how you can make the best use of a practical light. If we wanted to enhance the mood, we could remove the softbox light, and just keep the Fresnel as our key.The difference between the Fresnel and household lamp as our key light is that because it’s a hard light, the Fresnel creates a much more defined texture, which I think works better than the soft light from the lamp. We could, in theory, remove the lamp shade and create a hard light, but we would have no way to control the intensity without proper film tools, and this is a tutorial on how to light without them.I’m going to use just three household lamps. If you have a directional lamp, that can helps direct light to a particular area.Since practical lighting isn’t going to give you the full range of illumination that any working film light would give you, you want to work within your limitations. This is such an important tip. Work with shadows, don’t try to light the entire scene, and don’t turn on the room’s main lights. You want to remove as much light as possible instead of adding to it. There’s only going to be so much leeway with a practical light until the image turns nasty and starts to look like a home video.So, we’re going to work with a low-key, chiaroscuro lighting setup. We have a lamp to the left of the subject, which will be our key.Then, we will position our second practical lamp in the background for some background lighting. The cut-outs in the lampshade also lend texture to the wall.Then, we will use a non-diffused lamp to create a rim light, which will look as if it’s coming from the background practical. This separates our actor from the background.To see the final result, check out the video tutorial above.The key points to remember when lighting a scene solely with practical lamps.Work with your limitations, and don’t try to overextend.Move away from flat space to make your image more aesthetically pleasing.Work in a low-key setup — don’t try to illuminate the entire set with practicals.Try to work with practicals that share a similar color temperature.last_img read more

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Will Smith, Jada Pinkett cuddle up after denying split rumours

first_imgLos Angeles, Sep 15 (PTI) Actor Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett indulged in some PDA a month after denying the reports of their split. The couple was on a family outing in New York, when they were pictured cuddling up outside a restaurant, reported Aceshowbiz. Jada, 43, who wore a white long-sleeved shirt, gave a hug to her 46-year-old husband, who smiled at her. The two were enjoying lunch with some friends. The “Focus” actor took to Facebook last month slamming the rumours of trouble in their marriage. “So, in the interest of redundant, repetitious, over & over-again-ness… Jada and I are… NOT GETTING A DIVORCE!!!!!” he wrote. The couple, who tied the knot in 1997, have two children, son Jaden and daughter Willow. PTI SHD PSHlast_img

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