Extraordinary rendition

first_imgThanks to our readers once more for their response to our caption competition last week. Kudos to Luke Bray of Finsbury Park in London for unmasking the systematic outrage perpetrated on gingerbread folk, with this entry: “The US administration admitted that the CIA’s coffee breaks had gone a little too far.”Seldom do humble gingerbread rights activists, such as ourselves, get the opportunity to right such a wrong. That is, until the gods toss us a bone, as they did this week when an invitation dropped on Stop the Week’s desk to attend the IDDBA bakery exhibition in Houston, Texas, in June. Organisers have lined up no less than George Dubya Bush as a keynote speaker the former president who, you could not fail to recall, was accused of approving some prisoner hospitality that could, at best, be described as ’unwelcoming’. Justifably tagged the ’Show of shows’ or should that be ’show trial of show trials’? – Stop the Week is drawing up its placards and booking the flights. The Justice for Gingerbread campaign starts here.last_img read more

The Practical Guide to Non-Standardized LED Specs

first_imgImage via ARRI.ConclusionWhile comparing the output of light fixtures can be technical and confusing, knowing how much light fixtures actually put out is a great way to narrow your search.Looking for more information on lighting? Check out these articles.How to Shoot Interior Locations with Limited LightingLighting Different Times of DayGrab These Low-Budget Lighting Accessories For Under $10A Practical Guide to Working with Light Stands on SetLight Storm C300d: Aputure’s Brightest LED Light Ever Is Now Available Shopping for LED lighting fixtures can be a headache. However, there a few things you can do to streamline the process and get the right gear.Cover image via Shutterstock.Buying any new piece of filmmaking equipment is usually a fun and enjoyable process. However, at times, it can also be confusing. This is especially applicable when comparing CRI, wattage draw, and lumens vs. LUX for your lighting setup. There seems to be no standardized system between manufacturers to compare fixtures, leaving you to wonder if you’re getting the most output for your money. Let’s take a look at some considerations that should help you across the board.Find a FoundationThe first step is to establish a baseline with which to compare all other fixtures. What I like to use is the ARRI Photometrics App. It’s a fantastic tool that gives you photometric data of all of their light fixtures. Since most of us have worked with their tungsten fresnel fixtures, they can serve as an excellent baseline to center all other lights’ performance. Plus, you will constantly see LED manufacturers tout their lights as a “1,000w hot light equivalent.” Understanding how to compare these fixtures will help you analyze the validity of these claims.Fortunately, most LED fixtures have a photometric data sheet detailing their output at different distances. Using the ARRI Photometrics app helps you compare these distances between prospective LED fixtures and the baseline of tungsten fixtures. This way, you can decide if an LED fixture is closer to a 500w light or a 650w light. Beam AngleWhen evaluating these lights, it’s important that have similar beam angles to compare against. For example, a light at a 110-degree beam angle is not a fair comparison to a light at a 40-degree beam angle. The output will be vastly different. It’s important that you try to compare these lights under similar light quality conditions.Fortunately, the ARRI Photometrics app allows you to adjust the beam angle of fixtures to make a fair comparison between the lighting fixtures. While you may not be able to perfectly match beam angles, you’ll be able to get close. Most LED light manufacturers will provide beam angle information on their photometric data sheet.Image via LITEGEAR.LUX, Lumens, and FootcandlesWith no uniform system, you will find fixtures measured in LUX, lumens, and/or footcandles. Without a standardized system, you will constantly find yourself trying to figure out a way to compare lights. Fortunately, there are conversion calculators to help you in this process. A great one is featured at Suprabeam. You can use this calculator to get the accurate LUX of your light then compare that to a tungsten source.If the light fixture you’re looking at in measured in footcandles, Google has its own calculator that can help you with this conversion by simply searching “footcandles to lux calculator.”last_img read more

OC is prime graft suspect, says Sheila Dikshit

first_imgDelhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday put the needle of suspicion on the Suresh Kalmadi-led Organising Committee (OC) regarding allegations of corruption related to the Commonwealth Games.Welcoming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to order a probe into the allegations, Dikshit said corruption could have taken place in the activities undertaken by the OC to which the central government had given loans to the tune of Rs 1,600 crore. “We feel relieved and happy (at the successful completion of the Games).But what is disturbing is the corruption charges. They are very disturbing,” Dikshit said. “The fact that the Prime Minister has taken almost an instantaneous decision to order a probe into the whole thing and have the picture ready by January is very heartening,” the chief minister said. “I think only this committee will be able to clear the cobwebs. At the moment, the suspicion is very much on the OC.”The Prime Minister set up a highlevel committee headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) V.K. Shunglu to probe all matters related to the Games, a day after the mega sporting event came to an end. The committee will submit its report to the Prime Minister within three months. The government has already asked Kalmadi not to relieve any official from the OC till the inquiry is over.Dikshit reiterated that allegations of corruption are not going to be pushed under the carpet. Noting that infrastructure development was the government’s job, the chief minister said the Centre had given a number of loans (to OC) and that is where the real corruption could have been. “There may have also been (corruption) in some government departments. am not ruling that out,” she said.advertisementKalmadi has, meanwhile, assured help to the committee probing the allegations. “The Prime Minister has appointed a committee to probe into all matters relating to the Commonwealth Games. We welcome the initiative and hope that it will be comprehensive, covering all aspects. The Organising Committee will be happy to provide all support to the panel,” Kalmadi said in a statement released to the media.Speaking about his achievement, Kalmadi said, “The Indian Olympic Association was responsible for winning the bid to host the Games in Delhi. And the Organising Committee was given the task of delivering the opening and closing ceremonies and the sporting competitions. We have delivered the task of conducting the Games really well.”He also said the critics had been silenced following a successful conduct of the Games. “During the runup to the Games, many concerns were expressed about India’s ability to conduct the Games and ensure the security and safety of the athletes and guests. All these were cleared and the athletes and officials have left Delhi very satisfied,” Kalmadi said.last_img read more

Ex-wife of NBA star Lorenzen Wright charged with murder in his death

first_imgBasketball Authorities said on Saturday the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged with first-degree murder in his death more than seven years ago.Memphis police director Michael Rallings said Sherra Wright had been charged in the death of her ex-husband, a Memphis native who played for five teams over 13 seasons as a forward and center.Police in Riverside County, California, arrested Sherra Wright on Friday night on a fugitive from justice warrant, online records showed. Wright’s decomposing body was found in suburban Memphis on 28 July 2010 – 10 days after the 34-year-old was reported missing. He had been shot multiple times. The seven-year investigation into his death has been one of the Memphis police department’s most high-profile unsolved cases. Billy R Turner was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in Wright’s death on 5 December. He has pleaded not guilty. Media reports have said Turner, a landscaper, and Sherra Wright attended the same church. Rallings would not discuss the connection between Turner and Wright, but said police were confident they knew each other. A release from the Shelby County district attorney’s office said Turner and Sherra Wright conspired to kill Lorenzen Wright. Sherra Wright was scheduled to appear in court on Monday in California. Officials were not certain when she would be returned to Memphis. The DA’s office said the first attempt at killing Wright occurred between April and July 2010 and involved Turner traveling to Wright’s home near Atlanta. The indictment said Sherra Wright and Turner acquired firearms and recruited a co-conspirator, who was not named. Rallings said police were looking at other people in the investigation. Police said last month that they had found a gun used in the killing in a lake near Walnut, Mississippi, about 75 miles east of Memphis. “The weapon was key,” Rallings said, adding that police were looking at other people in the investigation. Sherra Wright received $1m from her ex-husband’s life insurance policy. She agreed to a settlement in 2014 in a court dispute over how she spent the insurance money meant to benefit their six children, the Commercial Appeal has reported. Born and raised in Memphis, Lorenzen Wright was a fan favorite thanks to his charity work with youth and his father’s involvement as a coach in summer leagues. He played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis GrizzliesFormer NBA players and friends including Anfernee Hardaway and Elliot Perry attended a memorial service for Wright in the days after his body was found. Sherra Wright spoke to police then. According to an affidavit, she told police she saw Lorenzen Wright leave her home carrying money and a box of drugs on 18 July 2010, as he left her home. Before he left, Sherra Wright said, she overheard her ex-husband on the telephone telling someone that he was going to “flip something for $110,000”, the document said. Sherra Wright said Lorenzen Wright left her home in a car with a person she could not identify. The affidavit said Sherra Wright gave the statements to police in the Memphis suburb of Collierville, where she lives, on 27 July – nine days after he left her house for the last time. In the early morning of 19 July, a police dispatcher in the suburb of Germantown received a call from Wright’s cellphone. Dispatchers acknowledged they heard noises like gunshots before the call was dropped. Dispatchers said they did not alert patrol officers or commanders because they could not confirm the call came from their jurisdiction. They did not send a patrol officer or relay the information to Memphis police until days later. Wright’s mother filed a missing-person report with Collierville police on 22 July 2010. Authorities in Collierville were accused of dragging their feet in the days after the report was filed, and an apparent lack of communication kept authorities from linking the 911 call to the missing-person report. Wright’s body was found in a field near some woods at the height of summer, complicating the investigation because evidence had likely deteriorated in the heat. An autopsy report showed bullet fragments were lodged in Wright’s skull, chest and right forearm. This article was amended on 18 December 2017 to add the monetary figure Sherra Wright received from Lorenzen Wright’s life insurance policy. Share on Facebook US crime Tennessee Memphis Since you’re here… NBA Share on LinkedIn US sports Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Share via Email Topics Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

Seatruck Ferries Sets Up New BristolDublin Service

first_imgzoom UK ferry operator Seatruck Ferries, part of the Danish shipping company Clipper Group A/S, has commenced a weekend service connecting Bristol and Dublin, enabling car manufacturers to enter Ireland directly. The company said the new service uses a vessel that would otherwise be idle during weekends.The company now operates 66 departures a week across its three regular routes including Heysham–Warrenpoint, Heysham–Dublin and Liverpool–Dublin.August saw a 24.9% volume increase of unaccompanied trailers moved by Seatruck, compared with the previous year.Seatruck’s fleet is comprised of 12 roll-on roll-off (RoRo) freight ferries.last_img read more

Detroit Tiger Delmon Young Accused of Hate Crime But

One assault charge and one aggravated harassment hate crime later, Delmon Young of the Detroit Tigers has become the latest victim of the New York city nightlife. Too much alcohol and a little bit of adrenaline-filled free time in the big city is not a winning combination, as a long list of professional athletes has discovered during trips to New York.According to the police, Young was highly intoxicated when he got into a fight outside of a Manhattan hotel at 2:40 a.m. The New York Post reported that Young shouted “F-ing Jews” to a group of tourists without provocation and threw one of them into a wall and then threw him on the ground. The Post story said the four men were in town for a bachelor party and when Young saw them talking to a man wearing a yarmulke he attacked the men and assaulted one of them, who the Post said was much smaller than the 6-3, 240-poung Young.Young makes $6.5 million a year—a fact that the Post did not hesitate to mention more than once. But toward the bottom of the Post story, Young’s lawyer offered an alternative version of events, claiming that the men were the instigators and there is a videotape which proves this.“Someone in the other party says something that causes him to react,” said his lawyer, Dan Ollen. There is no audio on the tape, however, which may make it difficult for Young to prove his version of events.In a statement, Young said, “I sincerely regret what happened. I take this matter very seriously and assure everyone that I will do everything I can to improve myself as a person and player.”Read more: read more

Specialty Argument from Mike Misick could delay or stop trial start

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Dec 2015 – Next was a substantive application filed on behalf of former Premier, Michael Misick. Fiery Queen’s Counsel, Ralph Thorne who represents Misick said his client is protesting the trial as ‘unfair’. The specialty argument threatens to end or delay the proceedings as Thorne has given a preview of what he wanted to present when court resumed at 2pm.The changes over the years including the number of counts which have gone from 26 to 23 to 16 to 17 expose, in Misick’s view, the erratic nature of the trial. In fact Michael Misick’s counsel will challenge the ‘regularity of the trial.’ Andrew Mitchell for the SIPT called the beginnings of the specialty argument ‘reprehensible.’ Mitchell, who today demonstrated obvious signs of exasperation at the litany of challenges by Michael Misick explained to Harrison that QC Thorne ought know better than to be a “mouthpiece of political concerns” for the ex-Premier. Thorne defended that it is a constitutional not political point, that he has an obligation to his client and intends no disrespect and stated that his motion will surround the view that the trial is ‘UNFAIR.’ Thorne had only moments before argued that it was preposterous that a new or amended witness list was provided to the various legal teams today. Justice Harrison asked QC, Andrew Mitchell to provide a ‘final and formal’ document listing over 100 witnesses for the trials. During the roll call, all defendants were present. Helen Garlick, Special Prosecutor, was also at court today; she appeared much later in the morning. Related Items:andrew mitchell, Helen garlick, justice paul harrison, michael misick, ralph thorne, trial, unfair Recommended for you Thorne, QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendetta Forbes murder trial pushed to Sept BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continueslast_img read more

Ocean Beach Pier repairs progressing

first_img Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Dan Plante, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – For the first time since it was closed by a massive storm, there appear to be signs of progress on the iconic Ocean Beach Pier.“It’s easy to criticize, but it should have been fixed a lot quicker. I understand there are some hidden issues,” says O.B. Native Craig Stevens.It’s true. Some of the damage is visible and some is not. But today, real signs of recovery, at least on the superficial damage. “I see they have a lot of wood that’s going out to the end of the pier and it’s going to be used for the railing. That’s really good and hopefully it will be open soon”. says Stevens.But don’t make dinner reservations at the Walking on Water restaurant any time soon. Some of the damage you can’t see, could take a while to repair. Remember, those 12-foot crashing waves also ripped out plumbing and electric lines. Currently the electricity is run by generator.“I was just looking at all the damage. I understand there it’s more complicated than I originally thought”, says O.B. local Michelle Siscon. “But now that I see there are moving ahead and they are fixing the railings, I’m stoked”.As for an “actual” time frame. The City either doesn’t know or isn’t saying, at this point. This could be tricky. City Engineers have seen the extent of the damage, now they need to lay it out for all to see.Until then, small signs of progress are welcome. Posted: February 26, 2019center_img Updated: 5:49 PM Ocean Beach Pier repairs progressing February 26, 2019last_img read more