Free Location Fact Sheet for Film and Video Productions

first_imgEverything you need to check when location scouting is on this easy-to-use free location fact sheet.Finding the perfect location is hard, especially on an indie film budget. Unlike the big boys in Hollywood, indie filmmakers aren’t afforded the luxury of shooting on a backlot or soundstage. In fact, we’re often forced to shoot in locations that were never meant to be used for a film. With this comes a whole slew of problems that must be addressed: noise, awkward lighting, pedestrian traffic, etc.So instead of settling for a bad location, it’s best advised to visit as many potential locations as you can and analyze them based on their cinematic potential. To assist you with this process, use the following free location fact sheet. It will help organize all of your location information in one convenient place.What is a location fact sheet?A location fact sheet is a simple form that can be used to describe the shooting environment to all the relevant crew members. A location fact sheet coupled with on-location photography is also a great way to build up your own personal database of potential shooting locations for current or future films. The form has fields for sound, lighting, electricity and other various location-related details filmmakers need to know.When is a location fact sheet used?A location fact sheet is used anytime you want to save important location information for later. Typically, a location scout will use a location fact sheet when scouting out potential locations. The location fact sheet helps to serve as a checklist when looking at a potential location. It’s often easy to forget details like available wall plugs and the parking situation, but such details can end up being huge issues if overlooked during the scouting process.How is a location fact sheet used?A location fact sheet is very simple and straightforward. Just fill out the appropriate fields with the corresponding information. It’s usually helpful to know as much about what the script demands as possible.The form also has room for extra notes that are important to share with other crew members. After the location scout visits a location, they will share the location fact sheet with the producers and director to help figure out the best location for the film.You can download the free location fact sheet by clicking the text below. There are two templates included in the download: One to fill out by hand and another to fill out on a computer. You can use Preview on a Mac or Adobe Acrobat on a PC to edit the computer template.DOWNLOAD FREE LOCATION FACT SHEET HEREWant to learn more about securing an awesome location? Check out a few of the following posts: 5 Tips For Getting Great Film/Video Locations For Free8 Tips for Getting Good Shots in a Bad Location5 Tips for Finding a Great Film LocationHave any tips for finding a perfect location? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.last_img read more

How To Recession Proof Your Business

first_imgEconomies grow and shrink over time. None goes straight up without retracing some of the ground already covered. Two negative quarters qualifies as a recession and, from time to time, this is what happens. Given a long enough timeline, there will be a recession. Below are a few things you can do to prepare.Mindset: You Are a Sales OrganizationThe most debilitating mindset for a company is to believe that they are something other than a sales organization. Peter Drucker said that a business exists to create a customer, leaving little else to say. That means customer acquisition is paramount.Maybe you believe you are a manufacturer. Perhaps you think you are a service organization. It could be that you feel you are in the business of doing whatever it is that you do that creates value for others. The truth of the matter is that you are a sales organization that happens to be a manufacturer, or a service provider, or whatever it is you do.Believing that selling is necessary but not why your business exists will not serve you well in a downturn.Skill Sets: Opportunity Creation and Opportunity CaptureSelling is made up of two primary outcomes: opportunity creation and opportunity capture. There is never a time where any business should not be laser-focused on opportunity creation. But leading up to an expected downturn, one should be devoting an out-sized effort towards creating many new opportunities (even though I would argue you should create the maximum number of opportunities possible, rain or shine).In a downturn, initiatives get pushed. Priorities change. Leaders hesitate to make decisions. You need more opportunities than you believe you need, and without a focus on opportunity creation, there can be no opportunity capture.Leadership: Set the Tempo and Maintain a Culture of AccountabilityThe leader sets the pace. The speed of the team is the speed of the leader. Tempo and velocity are critical. You want to compress time, pulling results towards you.Too many companies struggle with accountability now, and deciding to impose accountability during a downturn—when things are tougher than usual—isn’t the right time to start an accountability initiative. It’s reactionary and event-driven, and it can cause people to believe that “this will pass.” A culture of accountability is an advantage in a downturn.Territory and account plans, pipeline meetings, opportunity reviews, and cadence and tempo will sustain you and provide an advantage in a downturn, and you should build these accountabilities before you wish you’d have put them in place.If you are going to be recession-proof, you have to start now (if not sooner). Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Hurry up and start fixing the Gulf, U.S. senators say

first_imgMore than 4 years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and unleashed a torrent of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, only a trickle of funding for repair of ecological damage has been spent. At an oversight hearing today by a U.S. Senate subcommittee, senators voiced their impatience with an interagency council in charge of a lot of the money. “You all have had 2 years,” Senator Bill Nelson (D–FL) told three members of the council who testified. “It’s time to get moving.” Council members blamed the delay on a Catch-22: States don’t have the money to plan how to spend restoration funds.There are three main pools of money intended to help the Gulf of Mexico recover, not just from the 2010 oil spill but also from long-standing deterioration. The first comes from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, a process run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other agencies, which has already provided a $600 million down payment for restoration projects from future fines against the energy company BP, which had the drilling permit. More money is coming from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. It is spending a $2.5 billion Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund set up in a plea agreement with BP and Transocean, which owned the drill platform. The third pot will come from the federal trial against BP, which is still ongoing, and Transocean, which already settled, for violating the Clean Water Act. BP’s fine, to be determined in the penalty phase of the trial, which starts in January, could be as much as $20 billion. Under a 2012 law called the RESTORE Act, 80% of the total fines would be spent in the Gulf. Because Transocean settled its case for $1 billion, the fund already has $800 million. 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Another 35% will be divided equally among the five affected states. States will also have access to another 30% based on how severely they were impacted. The final 5% will go to science, including centers of excellence and long-term research and monitoring.Last year the council—made of up five Gulf states and six federal agencies—released an overall plan for how the money would be spent. Then it had to determine a selection process for grants. “This has taken more time than the council members anticipated,” Justin Ehrenwerth, executive director of the council, told the subcommittee. He says the council had to deal with uncertainty about when and how much money would be available. On 25 July, the council issued proposed rules for grant selection and said it would begin accepting proposals from state and federal agencies next month. The council hopes to have a list of proposed projects available for public comment in 2015.“We wish we could move faster,” said council member Trudy Fisher, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, at the hearing. “It is time to quit talking and start funding.” She and other council members blamed a lack of money for the delay. “We have been handed an oyster, but we have no shucking knife—the planning dollars,” added Grover Robinson, who leads the Florida Gulf Coast Consortium, which is creating the state’s spending plan. Senator Mary Landrieu (D–LA) emphasized that Louisiana isn’t holding things up; it has had a long-standing plan for investing in restoration activities.Senator Marco Rubio (R–FL) welcomed the council’s proposed rules, but said they lacked enough detail to be implemented. Senator David Vitter (R–LA) said he hoped that the scope of proposed projects wouldn’t be limited by the funding now available. “We don’t want that to turn into ultrasmall projects,” he said. “They should contribute to large-scale gulf restoration.”last_img read more

Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas win Monte Carlo Masters

first_imgIndian star Rohan Bopanna and his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas defeated the Spanish team of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez in a tough three-set battle to win the men’s doubles title at the Monte Carlo Masters tennis tournament here on Sunday.Bopanna and Cuevas won 6-3, 3-6, 10-4 in one hour and 14 minutes at the at the Monte Carlo Country Club.This is the first title that the Indo-Uruguayan combination have won since they teamed up earlier this year.Bopanna and Cuevas were off to a strong start, breaking their opponents’ serve in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set.They almost got another break in the eighth game when they stretched their opponents’ serve to 30/40 before the Spaniards rallied to take the game.Bopanna and Cuevas then held serve in the next game to take the first set.Feliciano and Marc were much better in the second set, forcing a service break in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead.Bopanna and Cuevas tried hard to make a comeback and put pressure on their opponents’ serve on several occasions. But the Spanish duo bounced back to hold serve each time.The Indo-Uruguyan duo dominated the tie-breaker right from the start, opening up a comfortable 6-0 lead before Feliciano and Marc reduced the gap to 8-4.But Bopanna and Cuevas took the next two points to clinch the issue.Yes @rohanbopanna @PabloCuevas22 …. Yes …!!! pic.twitter.com/XRBFYVYb4K- Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) April 23, 2017Double the ???’s!@PabloCuevas22 & @rohanbopanna lift their silverware. #MCROLEXMASTERS pic.twitter.com/ANcODWBHuNadvertisement- Tennis TV (@TennisTV) April 23, 2017last_img read more

England need to be more clinical, made Kohli work for runs: Buttler

first_imgLondon, Aug 8 (PTI) Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler feels England need to be more clinical in some aspects, including catching, as they seek to extend their lead over India in the second Test starting here tomorrow. Virat Kohli may have compiled a fine century in the series opener but ahead of the Lord’s Test, Buttler also took solace from the way the Indian captain was made to work for his runs. “It was a brilliant hundred from Kohli in the first innings, but you have to give the bowlers credit too. He really had to battle for all of his runs, and we created some chances which weren’t taken. That’s something for us to work on this week, trying to be more clinical,” Buttler wrote on Sky Sports. The hosts lead 1-0 in the five-match series following their 31-run victory in Birmingham. “Even though we won at Edgbaston, there are definitely some areas for us to work on. We were 216-3 in the first innings, with Root and Jonny Bairstow going very well, and we didn’t capitalise on that. And then, bowling, we had India 100-5, but allowed them to get up close to our score. “They are a couple of areas we need to brush up on while, individually, I had a very quiet game, so I’m looking to contribute a lot more. I still feel in a good place. I’ve been in the form of my life this summer, so I’m trying not to let one poor game to affect that. I’ll work hard in the nets this week, and I look forward to what is always a special occasion playing at Lord’s.”advertisement All-rounder Ben Stokes, who played an influential role in the Edgbaston win, is not a part of the Lord’s Test and Buttler said it is going to be a “massive miss”. “Stokes is going to be a massive miss at Lord’s, but we knew he wasn’t going to be involved. And, any time he isn’t in the side, it gives the chance to others to try and fill his shoes, just as Sam Curran did at Edgbaston. He has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.” PTI AH AH KHSKHSlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018 Day 14: Gold in boxing, bridge help India record best-ever medal haul

first_imgAmit Panghal stunned the reigning Olympic champion to clinch boxing gold as India registered their best-ever medal haul at Asian Games.It was also India’s first gold in boxing at Asian Games 2018 as they went beyond their previous best medal tally of 65, achieved in Guangzhou at 2010 Games. India finished their campaign with 69 medals in their kitty.Men’s pair clinched gold in debut sport of bridge to help India equal their best gold medal haul by touching 15 – something that last happened back in 1951.Apart from the 15 gold, India picked up 24 silver and 30 bronze medals as they finished with a brilliant show inside top-10 at eighth for the third consecutive time.India reaches its best ever medal haul of 68 medals,3 more than in 2010; Also reaching 15 gold medals,India equalled the record set in 1951. With 24 silvers we have crossed the previous record of 19 set in 1982 #AsianGames.Good going India!*As of 3:40pm@Ra_THORe #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/U80j6H4nDpSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) September 1, 2018Starting the day at 13 gold, Armyman Amit was up against quite a few odds as he took on reigning Olympic and Asian champion Hasanboy Dusmatov, the man he narrowly lost to in the world championships quarterfinal almost a year ago.Asian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 14The day ended with the men’s hockey team redeeming itself to an extent by beating arch-rivals Pakistan 2-1 to walk away with a consolation bronze medal.But the gutsy 22-year-old, the only Indian to make the boxing finals, prevailed 3-2 as India ended its boxing campaign at the Games with a gold and a bronze, which was won by Vikas Krishan in the middle-weight category.advertisementOur 22yr old #TOPSAthlete, Amit, earned a brilliant GOLD beating the #Olympic champion in mens 49 kg #Boxing.This is Indias 66th medal at the #AsianGames2018, making it the maximum we have ever won at the #AsianGamesSo proud!#SAI @BFI_official #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/0UL5kAR1WRSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) September 1, 2018Amit showed immense tactical brilliance, especially in defence to outmanoeuvre the Uzbek, who has an iconic status in international boxing.Asian Games 2018: Amit Panghal beats Olympic champion to win boxing gold”I had lost to him before, so I had to take revenge. Coach Santiago (Nieva) and other coaches had prepared me well. In the semifinal, I did not play the first round well, here I did not repeat that mistake,” Amit said after the bout.Today’s win marks the highest point of Amit’s meteoric rise to the top, starting with an Asian Championships bronze last year.Then came two men, who would be nearing retirement in any contemporary job, but made their Asian Games debut in a debut sport.Asian Games 2018: Vijender, Sehwag hail boxer Amit’s ‘tremendous achievement’Two old friends — Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar — quietly added a gold to India’s tally as the focus remained on traditional sports.Bardhan, at the age of 60, became the oldest man in Indian contingent to win a medal at the Games as he and his 56-year old partner finished the men’s pair event with a score of 384.INDIA HITS A GOLD AGAIN!India goes for GOLD again! Kudos to our Bridge Men’s pair of Pranab Bardhan & Shibnath Dey Sarkar for bagging India’s 15th GOLD at the #AsianGames2018. Good Job Guys! The country salutes your achievement #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/5iRFYODIgjRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) September 1, 2018They edged out China’s Lixin Yang and Gang Chen, who finished with 378 points after five rounds of the competition.”I could not sleep last night and ate only fruit in breakfast. It’s tough, the blood circulation shoots up with tension, we beat China and Singapore, it’s great result for us,” said an elated Sarkar, who taught bride to students at Jadavpur University, said.Asian Games 2018: India beat Pakistan to win bronze in men’s hockeyBardhan, who had a construction business, said, “Bridge is more challenging chess. It’s the most competitive indoor game.”India finished third overall with one gold and two bronze medals. India had won a bronze each in men’s team and the mixed team events.The squash players, who had shocked powerhouse Malaysia in semifinals, though were stopped in their tracks by Hong Kong in the women’s team final and they had to settle for a silver.Asian Games 2018: Indian women’s squash team settles for silverSunayna Kuruvilla and India number one Joshna Chinappa lost their respective singles as the team suffered its second defeat against Hong Kong in a space of three days.advertisementHeres to our womens #Squash team for winning a SILVER.Many congratulations to @DipikaPallikal, @joshnachinappa (both #TOPSAthlete) & @SunaynaSara & #TanviKhanna for bringing the medal home.So proud of you, girls!Keep going! #AsianGames2018 #TeamIndia #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/ILr5EEHBesSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) September 1, 2018A silver was a creditable performance nonetheless, having surprised defending champions Malaysia in the semifinals on Friday. With a runners-up finish, India equalled their best ever performance at the Games. They had also reached the final at Incheon four years ago.The Indian contingent ended with five medals overall including the women’s team silver, the men’s team bronze and three bronze medals in the individual event.The Indian men’s hockey team maintained its recent domination over arch-rivals Pakistan with a 2-1 win, ensuring a consolatory bronze medal after a below-par performance in the tournament.Hockey India congratulates the Indian Men’s Hockey Team for claiming the Bronze medal at the @asiangames2018 on 1st September.#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/ZB4T5aig1WHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) September 1, 2018Akashdeep Singh scored a brilliant field goal in the third minute while Harmanpreet extended India’s advantage in the 50th minute off a penalty corner before Muhammad Atiq increased the heart rate of the fans with a strike in the 52nd minute. In the end, India managed to hold on to the lead.World number five India, who came into the tournament as defending champions, lost to Malaysia in the semifinals.They go back home with a bronze, having beaten 13th ranked Pakistan for the second time in the last three months. India had beaten Pakistan 4-0 in the Champions Trophy in June.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

How Tristan Cameron-Harper went from Ice Hockey Champ to Kilted Yogi Celebrity

first_imgFor this week’s Worn Out Wednesday, we speak with Tristan Cameron-Harper, former ice-hockey champ and now Kilted Yogi celebrity on his life, careers, and personal style. My name is Tristan, l am 29 years old. I was born in Jersey, part of the Channel Islands, then moved to Scotland when I was one. I grew up in a small city called Dundee attending a private school until the age of 15. I was always a very active person growing up and still am to this day; I played many sports but my main focuses were rugby and ice hockey. Ice hockey in Scotland is not popular at all, but there was something that intrigued me about the sport especially the physical aspect of the game.I always had this strong gut feeling about playing ice hockey at the highest level possible and eventually becoming a professional. Growing up I was very fortunate enough to be able to attend hockey camps in Canada, developing my skills further so l could reach that goal of becoming a professional ice hockey player. At the age of 14, I was luckily scouted by a prep school called Banff Hockey Academy in Alberta, Canada, giving me the opportunity of moving across the pond and really focusing on ice hockey full time while going to school. I got a scholarship to attend Banff Hockey Academy that I attended for two years until the age of 17. I was then scouted by a team in Holland in the NHL (Netherlands Hockey League), signing my first professional contract while turning 18 with the Nijmegen Emperors and having an outstanding year winning the league title.I was then scouted by Northern Michigan Division 1 college hockey, they then put me into a league called the NAHL (North American Hockey League), which is a Junior league consisting of players from 17-21 years old who are talented with the similar mindset of reaching division 1 college, minor pro, or straight to professional. I played in this league for three years, then on my last year turning 21 l decided to make the move to Nova Scotia playing for the Yarmouth Mariners, finishing my last Junior career with them. I was then scouted by Florida Everblades in the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) Minor Pro, a step below the NHL. I played the first quarter of the season, but with the unfortunate event of the NHL having a lockout, I then lost my contract with Florida as the guys in the NHL who had a contract took my position as they had priority over me. I then signed in the UK and played professionally in the top league EIHL (Elite Ice hockey league) for six years ending my 3rd season & career with the Braehead Clan in Glasgow, Scotland.After seven years playing professional and 21 years of playing hockey, l had the same feeling as l did when l was younger when l originally wanted to be a professional hockey player. During my first season with the Braehead Clan, l was scouted by Model Team, the top model agency in Scotland. This gave me the opportunity of getting into the modeling industry; I always had an interest in the modeling world and wanted to see how l would do. I started to book more and more jobs, giving me the privilege of meeting many new people from different groups all over Scotland and from abroad. I enjoyed working with many creatives from all over, learning as much as l could whether it be photography, how to be a better model and enjoyed every moment.Being an athlete, coming from a sports background the modeling world is very different. I like different, l always felt different, l always wanted to be independent and explore different avenues in the world. This gave me more confidence to put myself out into the world learning not only about myself but my surroundings.My final year with the Braehead Clan l was starting to find myself drifting from the sport becoming very passionate about being outdoors, getting into yoga, practicing meditation daily and really focusing on the modern day term ‘Mindfulness’. For me the sports industry was a beautiful part of my life, l learned a lot from it and made some amazing friends along the way who are still in my life to this day. On my days off during the hockey season, l would choose to go into the Scottish Highlands, hike a mountain, or maybe just an easy walk in the forest, take a book, hot brew, chill and just be immersed in nature. I was finding a love of nature in a way l had never quite experienced. With the practice of meditation l could feel l was becoming much more present and with doing yoga l was starting to feel benefits in ways that l had never imagined. Even after a hard day exploring, feeling physically drained, l would always come home feeling full of energy and this sense of achievement. I got this feeling when l was younger playing Ice Hockey, but now l was getting it elsewhere, l always loved the outdoors but now l was truly starting to connect in a way that l never thought was possible.l always had this dream of going to Base Camp Everest, so l said to myself, “Ok if l feel so strongly about something, just do it, get it done, don’t hesitate, test yourself, then see what comes of it.” During my last season l decided to plan a trip to Nepal in April for two weeks, trekking from Lukla to Base Camp Everest, something I never imagined doing (and wrote about it on my blog).After trekking in Nepal, the true test was asking myself if I loved the experience. The answer was Yes l loved it. After coming back, l had so much energy l knew l wanted to leave hockey, be an outdoorsman, explore, inspire, meditate, do more yoga and really immerse myself into the beauty of our planet exploring it in every positive way.I would do meditation focusing on goals, and my yoga practices would also always have a point of focus with goals. Everyday l would make sure to be positive, have a different outlook on life, be the best l can, encourage people however l can, learn whatever l needed in order to get where l want to be . This path l was on started becoming so exciting, all of the things l was doing were having an effect not only on myself but my surroundings, l was noticing changes wherever l went. After coming home for a few weeks being pretty tired but buzzing from my adventures in Nepal, l got a call from my agency asking if l would be interested in representing Scotland as Mr.Scotland, which involved a series of interviews. I got the gig and I am officially Mr.Scotland 2016/17 and then attended Mr.World!After being at Mr.World and having an epic experience, meeting so many awesome gents, even having some epic meditation sessions with Mr. Canada & Mr. Phillipines l was back home again. My goals to become a full-time Mountaineer, Blogger, Content Creator for BBC, Model and just be the most inspirational person l can be with nothing but good vibes were happening.I was working on all my skills to become a mountaineer, so l can eventually lead groups, teach children and hopefully build that dream of a self-sustainable eco home in the Highlands for people to come and immerse themselves in nature, do yoga, meditate, learn, and of course enjoy Scotland’s Beauty.I was then invited to an event at BBC Scottish headquarters in Glasgow, l would be attending BBC The Social event. BBC The Social is a platform that is very new showcasing Scotland’s creative side, giving them a platform for freedom of speech showcasing what Scotland has to offer. I attended the event with Finlay Wilson who l had known previously from attending classes in the past and from social media. We both lived in the same city, so we both drove together scoping out what BBC The Social exactly wanted to do with us.I am an outdoorsman, Finlay is an extremely talented yoga teacher. l do yoga, l love nature. He enjoys nature. We are Scottish, ginger, and love to wear kilts. I mean, this seemed like a recipe for something that we could make work. Finlay and I chatted away, bashing ideas back and fourth and then, out of nowhere, Finlay suggested kilted yoga in the Highlands with the end shot being our kilts coming down. At first l was 50/50 on the idea but agreed why not? It ticks a lot of boxes. We decided to propose the idea to BBC, but they rejected it, which was strange, so we left it at that for the time being. Finlay went on to create a video going over basic yoga poses with his dog that he adopted from Sri Lanka which got over 2 million views. The BBC were now very surprised that such a video got so many likes so they gave us the go-ahead to create a video and of course we had to do the kilted yoga video.A random day filming in the Hermitage located in Dunkeld, Perth, and Kinross, a magical protected forest, cold, doing yoga, indulging in nature, sliding on rocks not purposely, doing more yoga and of course with the money shot, headstand with our kilt dropping to show off our bare bums. This was a random day and something that we never imagined would turn out like it did. After two weeks waiting patiently, the Kilted Yoga was about to get released.After 24hrs it had over 3 million views, this was insane. After a week it was at about 35 million, then now, to this day, it has had over 50 million views.I couldn’t believe this happened and still scratch my head thinking how has this made such an impact, but l guess we were right from the beginning. For me, the personal message we sent is smiles, good vibes, laughter, kilts, bearded, ginger, health, outdoors, beauty and maybe you wanna try some yoga. And it brought me to America for the Scottish Day parade and I even made it to The Manual Scotland party! So for me on this present day, I’m focusing on mountaineering, my blog, creating content, working with amazing people, exploring, daily mediation, learning all l can, loving, spreading nothing but good vibes and of course taking the time to work with my body through yoga and connecting with our home EARTH!As for my personal style:Jeans: Boulder Denim They are super stretchy, for me I am very active and having a pair of jeans that adjust to my llifestyle is key and of course they can look very smart with a nice shirt or casual with a t-shirt.Shirts: Lululemon. I mean l love good feeling material, Lululemon ticks a lot of boxes especially when I’m doing yoga or just want something light wearing that feels good.Pants: Levi’s Twisted. Going to go vintage here, l have a great pair of pants from when Levi’Levi’s first released the twisted style, they fit perfect plus Levi’s nailed it when they came out with this unique style.Suits: Paul Zileri. I remember my first proper suit I got was a Paul Zileri. The Italians just get it: super light, great material, you feel awesome wearing this brand.Shoes: Jack Purcell. l love the shape of these shoes, super comfortable and can look great either formal or casual.Accessories: I’m all about my crystals & stones, l wear a shaman necklace always around my neck with tourmaline being the main stone and for a bracelet either my sodalite stones or lapis stones. I love wearing my Breitling Navitimer but only on special occasions as its vintage.Outerwear: Belstaff jackets are always a go to but l do have my fare share of Barbour jackets also, both my fave jackets.Favorite Cologne: Tom Ford Tobacco VanilleFavorite App: InstagramFavorite Piece of Technology: GPS System always good to know where we are, I’m an outdoorsman so this is key whyou’reour in the mountainsNext Style/Gear Purchase: My next style purchase is probably more Lululemon pants and gear would have to be a drone so I can start creating some amazing content for the brands l work with and my blog. Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now center_img The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts last_img read more

Euronav Offloads Another Tanker Oldie

first_imgzoom Belgium-based tanker owner Euronav NV has disposed of another ship in an effort to reduce the age of its fleet and invest in new vessels. The company has sold Flandre, a very large crude carrier (VLCC), for USD 45 million to “a global supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms.”The France-flagged vessel is expected to be delivered in December 2017. It will be converted in a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit by its new owner and will therefore leave the worldwide VLCC trading fleet, Euronav said.Built at South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in 2004, the 305,688 dwt Flandre is wholly owned by Euronav. Following the recent sale of the 2001-built Artois, Flandre is the oldest vessel in the company’s VLCC fleet.A capital gain of approximately USD 20.3 million on the sale will be recorded in the current quarter, as informed by Euronav.“This … achieves two key objectives for the company. Firstly, it profitably assists our fleet renewal program by reducing the age of our fleet and will allow capital to be recycled into modern tonnage. Secondly, this is the seventh vessel we have successfully introduced into an offshore project, further demonstrating our reputation for providing … operational tonnage for the offshore sector,” Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav, commented.Currenlty, Euronav’s owned and operated fleet comprises 54 double hulled vessels.last_img read more

Taapsee wants to learn pole dancing from Jacqueline

first_imgMumbai: Actor Taapsee Pannu says she wants to learn pole dancing from her Judwaa 2 co-star Jacqueline Fernandez. She said this on a talk show recently. Asked what would she do if Jacqueline was her neighbour, Taapsee said: “I think we’ll be working out together, she works out really crazy. I don’t mind learning pole dancing from her. I know I’ll be horrible at it but I really want to work out with her,” she added. The actor wants to be filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s best friend. “I want to be his best friend and tag along to fancy Hollywood parties. It is my ultimate desire to attend Hollywood parties,” she said. Taapsee worked with Kashyap in Manmarziyaan and is working with him again in a supernatural thriller. At the moment, Taapsee is busy with Saand Ki Aankh, which also features Bhumi Pednekar. It is based on old sharpshooters – Chandro Tomar and her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar. Chandro, 87, and Prakashi, 82, are from Uttar Pradesh’s Johri village and reportedly took up sharpshooting in their 50s. Chandro, fondly called shooter ‘dadi’, is among the world’s oldest female sharpshooters. Directed by Tushar Hiranandani, Saand Ki Aankh also features Prakash Jha and Vicky Kadian in pivotal roles.last_img read more

15 disasters just waiting to happen

first_img Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 4.5. Source: Tumblr6. Source: Tumblr7. Source: Imgur8. 9. Source: Tumblr10. Source: Imgur11. Source: i.chzbgr.com12. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 1. Source: Imgur2. Source: Tumblr3. 13. Source: Tumblr14. Source: @CullyHammer15. Source: @HuffPostComedyLidl ‘at a loss’ to explain ‘fruit whispering’ signs, as more appear>Man sues British Airways after booking for Granada, but flying to Grenada>12 best internet reactions to Luis Suarez biting somebody>last_img read more

Rate cut savings are reducing loan principles

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Most Australian home owners are putting the extra savings from recent rate cuts towards the principal loan. A new poll by PRDnationwide found 68 per cent of borrowers will pay down their mortgage sooner thanks to the two rate cuts in November and December 2011. 18 per cent of borrowers said they plan to put the extra away as savings, while eight per cent said they will spend the cash on discretionary items. PRDnationwide research director Aaron Maskrey said the survey showed six per cent of respondents would spend the saved money on staple goods. “These people are most relieved to see the RBA reduce the official cash rate – as they were probably struggling to afford the loan repayments,” he said. Source: The Adviserlast_img read more

Comment la rotation du vin dans un verre permet den sublimer le

first_imgComment la rotation du vin dans un verre permet d’en sublimer le goût Des chercheurs de l’Université de Lausanne, en Suisse, sont parvenus à expliquer le processus de sublimation du goût du vin lorsque celui-ci est tourné dans un verre. Selon eux, cette technique ferait appel à des principes sophistiqués de la physique des ondes.Faire tournoyer le vin dans un verre est une technique pour le moins efficace. Des chercheurs de l’Université de Lausanne, en Suisse, sont parvenus à démontrer comment le fameux geste du folklore œnologique permettait de libérer les saveurs du produit dégusté.La technique consistant à déplacer légèrement le liquide le long de la paroi permet en fait de le charger en oxygène pour en intensifier les arômes. Une astuce qui, selon les propos de Mohamed Farhat, “est probablement connue depuis l’introduction du verre ou tout autre type de récipient cylindrique”.Dans des propos recueillis par le Telegraph, le scientifique explique l’innovation des travaux de son équipe de recherche. Selon lui, les connaissances actuelles sur la dégustation du vin manquent d’une “description de la physique liées au mélange et à l’oxygénation”. Pour combler cette lacune, les chercheurs ont attentivement étudié le processus, connu dans le domaine de la physique sous le nom d’”agitation orbitale”. À lire aussiPourquoi le champagne fait-il des bulles ? Découvrez les secrets du breuvageLe protocole a consisté à suivre le mouvement de déplacement des ondes générées au bord et à l’intérieur de bouteilles en verre, grâce à des instruments de mesure de vitesse. Leurs résultats, présentés lors d’un symposium à Baltimore, aux États-Unis, montrent une propagation de l’onde selon des directions bien particulières. De manière générale, la vague se déplace le long de la paroi de verre, déplaçant le liquide d’avant en arrière, de bas en haut et du centre vers la périphérie. D’éventuelles applications bio pharmaceutiques”Ce mécanisme est plus prononcé près de la surface libre et près du bord, ce qui améliore le mélange”, explique Mohamed Farhat. Les scientifiques ont en outre observé la possibilité d’optimiser le processus en choisissant une forme de verre bien spécifique et une sélection appropriée du diamètre et de la vitesse de rotation engendrés par la secousse.Selon les experts, ces résultats pourraient entrainer d’éventuelles applications dans le domaine bio pharmaceutique en inspirant la mise en place de nouveaux traitements médicaux. En effet, la culture de cellules pourrait par exemple être optimisée en les plaçant dans des bioréacteurs cylindriques impulsant des secousses semblables à celles prodiguées pour l’aération du vin. Une technique qui selon Mohamed Farhat, “assure une meilleure viabilité et un taux de croissance des cellules à un coût réduit”.
Le 26 novembre 2011 à 13:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un plan antigrippe revu et corrigé pour 2011

first_imgUn plan antigrippe revu et corrigé pour 2011Vivement critiqué pour sa démesure et son manque de flexibilité lors de la pandémie de grippe A(H1N1) de 2009, le plan national de prévention et de lutte grippale a subi une révision en profondeur. Cette fois, les Français auront droit à des mesures “plus graduées” et adaptables à l’intensité de la pandémie programmée.Le plan d’action de 2009, conçu à l’origine contre un risque de pandémie aviaire à très forte mortalité, avait essuyé nombre de critiques, notamment de la Cour des Comptes, qui le jugeait “incomplet et trop rigide” et de commissions parlementaires. A juste titre puisque la pandémie programmée n’avait finalement pas eu lieu, vaccination ou pas.”Nous avons cherché à tenir compte des enseignements de 2009″, a déclaré mercredi à l’AFP Claude Wachtel, chargé de mission au Secrétariat général de la défense et de la sécurité nationale (SGDSN), qui est à l’origine de la révision du plan, en coordination avec le délégué interministériel à la lutte contre la grippe aviaire (DILGA) et le service d’information du gouvernement (SIG).Ils auraient ainsi tenus compte de la recommandation de la sénatrice des Verts Marie-Christine Blandin et du député UMP Jean-Pierre Door qui demandait, en février 2010, “d’élaborer un plan de lutte contre une pandémie modérée, complémentaire du plan actuel [celui de 2009], trop rigide et conçu pour une situation extrême”.Le nouveau plan 2011 “décrit la stratégie de réponse de l’Etat en privilégiant la flexibilité et l’adaptation aux caractéristiques de la pandémie”, peut-on lire dans sa préface. “Il se veut un vrai outil d’aide à la décision”, a indiqué M. Wachtel. “On s’est efforcé d’avoir des mesures plus graduées” pour offrir “la possibilité de mesures adaptées à des pandémies d’intensités différentes”, a-t-il expliqué.Le plan français définit “dorénavant 4 stades” (contre 7 en 2009, le niveau 7 marquant la fin de la pandémie), indépendamment des phases proposées par l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). Ces 4 stades correspondent “à 4 objectifs de conduite de crise pour l’application du plan français” : “freiner l’introduction du virus sur le territoire”, “freiner la propagation du virus sur le territoire”, “atténuer les effets de la vague épidémique” et “revenir à la situation antérieure”.À lire aussiJournée mondiale contre la polio : 4 choses à savoir sur cette maladieEn 2009, le niveau d’alerte maximale de l’OMS avait été déclenché le 11 juin annonçant le début de la première pandémie de grippe du XXIème siècle. La France était alors restée en phase d’alerte pré-pandémique (phase 5) de son plan national. En réalité, la soit disant pandémie s’était avérée beaucoup moins meurtrière que prévue, entraînant rapidement une cascade de critiques (plutôt qu’une cascade de malades) sur la gestion de la crise par la ministre de la Santé de l’époque, Roselyne Bachelot. Les plus fortes critiques avaient surtout porté sur l’achat massif de vaccins au prix fort avec l’argent du contribuable, pas forcément soucieux de se vacciner, et le déficit de communication.Le plan 2011 revient donc sur “l’incertitude” inhérente aux crises sanitaires, soulignant “qu’il faut donc accepter une forte part d’inconnu et apprendre à gérer la crise dans un contexte très incertain”. Il précise également que “chaque mesure du plan doit s’accompagner d’un effort de communication adapté” et que les pouvoirs publics “se doivent d’être présents” sur internet et les réseaux sociaux, “mode majeur d’échange d’informations et de communication”.Le document rappelle enfin que la pandémie de grippe est “un risque toujours présent”. Il indique que “rien ne permet, en effet, d’affirmer que la prochaine pandémie grippale aura le caractère modéré de celle de 2009”. Il omet ainsi volontairement que rien ne permet non plus d’affirmer que pandémie il y aura et qu’un caractère plus modérée encore qu’en 2009 est possible. En effet, pourquoi la fameuse incertitude inhérentes aux crises sanitaires serait-elle davantage inquiétante que rassurante ?Le 2 décembre 2011 à 14:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Garmins New Golf GPS Allows You to Play in Virtual Tournaments

first_imgStay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit If you need to step up your golf game, Garmin has your back: The company just unveiled the Approach G80, a new GPS golf device that calculates advanced swing metrics and enables you to compete in virtual tournaments.On Tuesday, Garmin introduced the Approach G80 in a press release, which helps golfers elevate their performance by tracking their ball speed, club head speed, smash factor, swing tempo, and approximate distance. Golfers can also test their skills in virtual rounds on more than 41,000 pre-loaded courses. The device, which costs $499.99, is available on Garmin’s website.“With the Approach G80, golfers are finally able to take advantage of a golf GPS that integrates launch monitor capabilities,” Dan Bartel, Garmin worldwide vice president of consumer sales, said in the press release. “The device serves as an all-in-one tutor that introduces advanced radar capabilities that are easy to use, and entertaining game modes that allow golfers to compete with friends on the driving range or even at home using a golf net.”The Approach G80, which has a 3.5-inch color touchscreen and a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 15 hours, is like having a high-tech golf instructor. It comes with game and practice modes, including Warm Up, Tempo Training, Target Practice, and Virtual Round. A built-in launch monitor notes ball speed, club head speed, smash factor, approximate distance, and backswing and downswing time to provide golfers with the correct tempo.Photo Credit: Garmin/YouTubeOn golf courses, the Approach G80 provides Touch Targeting for precise yardage information and Green View to adjust the day’s pin location and shift the flag to a viewable position. Plus, the PlaysLike Distance feature can help golfers automatically adjust yardages, so they can hit a specific target and use the device’s PinPointer feature to guide their movements on green areas.Playing virtual tournaments is also easy: Golfers can download the Garmin Golf app on their smartphones, select which virtual tournament they would like to join, and they can compete with other golfers worldwide. The device’s Target Practice feature also gives golfers the opportunity to hone in on their drives and receive points for hitting specific targets in a two-player challenge mode. Golfers can also connect with other players by reviewing their stats, saving scorecards, and taking part in weekly leaderboards.Visit Garmin’s website for more specs and details on the Approach G80.More on Geek.com:WhatsApp Limits Message Forwarding to 5 Individuals, GroupsSpotify Is Testing a New Feature That Will Let You Block Music ArtistsThis Rechargeable Cap Uses UV Rays to Kill Germs in Your Water Bottlelast_img read more

Pochettino loves House of Cards

first_imgThe Tottenham Hotspur manager loves the Netflix TV series and compares what happens in the show to what happens in footballTalking just before Tuesday’s match between Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven, Spurs’ manager Mauricio Pochettino believes football is sometimes like House of Cards.The Netflix TV series is famously known for its crude shown of politics.“It’s a weird season but I look so happy now because the new season of House of Cards has started,” Pochettino told ESPN.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Yesterday I watched three episodes.”“I learn a lot from this series. I recommend it. I think it represents very well sometimes how we are. Sometimes football is so political, and it’s going in this direction,” he added.“Which character am I? I don’t know, it’s difficult to say. It’s dangerous to say this or this one. It’s fiction but it can translate to many businesses.”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for July 8 911 Call Over Skunk Smell Fight At

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, July 8, 2019:A Sachem Circle caller reported a swarm of bees between her house and neighbor’s house. Animal Control Officer notified a bee service, which will be out later in the day to safely remove them. (9:50am)Animal Control Officer reported a large wasp nest in a Main Street shed. Officer advised resident how to remove it. (10:21am)A walk-in party found a Michael Kors bracelet at Cumberland Farm Gas Station. (12:56pm)An anonymous caller reported they were told a juvenile female was threatening to fight the caller’s friends at the skate park. Police checked skate park. No one in area. (1:55pm)Animal Control Office retrieved a cardinal with an eye injury from Salem Street. (2:08pm)Caller called 911 to report there’s a skunk in her yard and the smell is overwhelming. She requested an officer to scare it or euthanize it. Police advised her the skunk will move along and if it doesn’t, contact the Animal Control Officer in the morning. Caller claimed not have phone number for station’s business line. (9:52pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 3: Driveway Paving Solicitors; Skate Park Tagged; WPD Assist With Pick-Up At SchoolsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 18: Cat Gets Stuck In Wall After Plastering Project; Baby Raccoons Get Stuck In ChimneyIn “Police Log”last_img read more

1EME celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas

first_imgSecunderabad: Lieutenant General Anil Kapoor, Director-General of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering & Colonel Commandant, Corps of EME, and Colonel Debadas Nanda, Officiating Commandant, 1 EME Centre, laid wreaths at EME War memorial to pay homage to the valiant soldiers who laid down their lives to uphold the honour and pride of the country. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The wreath laying ceremony on Kargil Diwas was also to commemorate the soldier craftsman’s solemn pledge to the fallen brethren that they would uphold their legacy and bring glory to the country. The ceremony was attended by serving ranks of the Eagles Fraternity.The corps of EME find a special mention in the Armed Forces for providing technical support towards seamless sustenance of equipment and machinery of the Indian Army in addition to their gallant contribution for preserving the sovereignty and integrity of the nation. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The occasion also served as an inspiration to the present generation of ‘Eagles’ to continue to work towards upholding the highest traditions of the Indian Army & uphold the nation’s pride. The occasion also served as an inspiration to all ranks of the Centre to reaffirm their resolve to continue to work towards upholding the highest traditions of the Indian Army and the Nation.last_img read more

Hemmeya Kannadiga Awards Watch the event this weekend on Zee Kannada

first_imgA promotional material from Hemmeya Kannadiga 2019.PR HandoutZee Kannada’s Hemmeya Kannadiga 2019 is an effort towards continuing the journey of recognizing and honouring outstanding individuals from all walks of life, who have done Karnataka proud in the year of 2018. This one-of-a-kind award ceremony was held on 23rd March at Nandi Link Grounds in Bengaluru, and will be aired on the 30th and 31st March at 7 pm only on Zee Kannada and Zee Kannada HD.Hemmeya Kannadiga 2019 is bigger and better this year as the channel honors 24 achievers across 24 awards categories, who have done Karnataka proud. The event is aimed at highlighting the cultural heritage of Karnataka, where the platform will be recognizing and honoring the achievers of society, film and small screen industry.The event’s glamourous factory is heightened with the presence of popular sandalwood actors – Ramesh, Yash, Puneeth Rajkumar, Rachita Ram, Priyanka Upendra, and Sumalatha Ambareesh. The evening was filled with the senior stars sharing their cherished memories with Jaleela Ambareesh, along with exciting and colourful performances, songs, dances and super performances by television and film stars.The star-studded event brought together some of the most noble and admirable individuals under one roof from Karnataka who have contributed to the society, and to the entertainment industry. The enthralling ceremony brought together the most eminent individuals to the sensational ‘Red Carpet’, where they paraded through traditional music and visited the testament by the popular Auto Shivakumar, with the feeling of nostalgia and pride. A platform was provided to the attendees, to welcome and celebrate other noteworthy achievers, including Arjun Janya, Santosh Hegde, Prakash Belavadi, Mime Ramesh, Jayanth Kaikini, Mukhyamantri Chandru, Raghavendra Rajkumar, Garuda Ram, Roopa Maudgil, Aindritha Ray, Diganth, Anuradha, Mokshitha Pai, Sharath Bharadwaj, Arundathi Nag, Vijayalakshmi Shibroor, Vinaya Prasad, Aasha Rani, Hamsalekha, Arjuna Sarja, Girija Lokesh, Srujan Lokesh, Tara Anuradha, KGF Team, Tennis Krishna, and V Hari Krishna, Bank Janardhana, Gurukiran, Rachita Ram, Shri Murali.The exuberant Anushree and the ebullient Ramesh Aravind hosted the glorious evening that witnessed a line-up of sizzling performances by Sandalwood stars and the Zee Family, namely, Rachita Ram, Priyanka Upendra, Raghu Dixit, Haripriya, Bhavana, KGF Performance by fiction heroes, Jodi Hakki Chiatra Rao, Bramahgantu Geetha.Last year, ‘Kannada Hemme'(pride of Kannada) honor was awarded to the walking God, Seer of Siddaganga Mutt, Dr. Shivakumar Swamiji. This year, his absence was painfully felt amongst the audiences. Salu Marada Thimmakka, Nisar Ahmed, singer Vijay Prakash, journalist Vishweshwar Bhat, agriculturist Narayanareddy, 5 rupee doctor Shankaregowda, IPS officer Roopa Moudgil and a few others who were honored by Zee Kannada’s Hemmeya Kannadiga 2018. Hemmeya Kannadiga 2019 AwardeesJanapada poet, Padmashree awardee, Doddarange Gowda is honored with Proud Literary figure award. Vijayalakshmi Shibarur, a daring Journalist who revealed cases of child labour, lottery scam, water scam and more, by her investigative journalism, has been honored with Proud Journalist. Anuradha, senior women Scientist and Director of first women satellite project, is honored with Proud woman achiever. The Proud Icon was awarded to Infosys founder and philanthropist, Sudha Murthy. Social Servant, Kallaiah Ajja was awarded with Proud social worker. Mime Ramesh was given the Proud theater activist.Capsicum Kamalamma, who used the facilities given by Government for agriculture and is recognized at State and National level was honored with the Proud Farmer award. Social Reformer, Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala Veerendra Heggade was awarded with the Proud Life Time achiever. V Nagendra Prasad, who created a new wave in the Kannada cinema industry with his writing was awarded with Proud lyricist.Vijay Prakash, the singer who sung best songs in the year 2018-19 was honored with the proud voice awards. Arjun Janya, who composed the best music in 2018-19 was honored as Proud Musician. Dhananjaya, who acted in Tagaru cinema as Dolly was honored as Proud supporting role. Prashanth Neel, a director who created a nation-wide sensation with landmark movies like Ugram and KGF, was awarded with Proud Director. Dimple girl, Rachita Ram, who captured the audience with her acting prowess from Darling to Natasaarvabhowma, was awarded with Proud Heroine. Rocking Star Yash, who impressed the viewers with KGF, was awarded with Proud Hero.Ambareesh who started his career as Jaleela in Nagarahavu and showed his mettle with Ambi Ning Vayassayto, is no more with us. Ambi was awarded with Proud Honorary Award. The person who created his own style in acting, politics and in personal life, was well-respected by the people, therefore, was saluted by everybody present at the event.KGF by Hombale films was dubbed in five languages that increased the visibility of the Kannada film industry, was awarded with proud film. Rishabh Shetty, who came up with movies like Ricky, Kirik Party, Sarkari Hiriya Prathamika Shale Kasaragod, and Bell Bottom, was awarded with Proud talent. Hemmeya Kannadiga 2019, a star-studded event honors 24 achievers across 24 awards categories with an aim of recognizing and honoring the achievers of society, film and small screen industry.PR HandoutChikkanna who is responsible for making everyone laugh with his versatile acting, was awarded with Proud comedian for his acting in . Ravi Basrur from KGF movie, which was a phenomenal movie in India, was awarded with Proud BGM for his background music. Ram, who acted as Garuda in KGF was awarded with Proud Villain. Cinematography is the highlight of KGF, Bhuvan Gowda was honoured with the Proud cinematographer award.last_img read more

National Mortgage Servicing Association Seeks Clarity on TCPA Regs

first_img On Wednesday, the National Mortgage Servicing Association (NMSA) sent a letter to the FCC requesting clarifications and guidance regarding implementation of regulations imposed by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).Back in March, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a ruling in the case of ACA International v. FCC, clarifying several issues with regard to consumer and industry rights pertaining to robocalls and texts sent to consumers. While industry groups hailed this as a step in the right direction, there are still many questions that need answering with regards to how TCPA regs apply to servicers and the financial services industry.The NMSA is a nonpartisan organization driven by senior executive representation from the nation’s leading mortgage servicing organizations, formed for the purpose of effecting progress and change on the key challenges that face the mortgage servicing industry. The NMSA’s letter is in response to a call for comment solicited by the FCC after the court’s ruling in ACA.“Current TCPA regulation, while admirable in motivation, is the product of an outdated regulatory response to concerns from a bygone era,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute. “One need look no further than the lessons gleaned from the recent natural disasters to see that mortgage servicers and consumers alike have a vested interest in ensuring that the most up-to-date information regarding the status of the largest investment that many Americans will ever make—their home—is readily available via channels that are convenient and accessible. The industry is requesting a common-sense regulatory response to the realities of 21st-century technological capabilities.”The NMSA letter notes that the TCPA’s original intent to protect consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls was admirable. “Recently, however, the TCPA has been expanded far beyond its intended purpose and is in need of reform,” the letter states. “The TCPA, as construed now, actually harms both consumers and businesses attempting to comply with the law. Consumers are harmed because businesses face barriers in communicating vital and often legally required information using forms of communication (text, email, cell phones) that are impacted by TCPA restrictions.”As such, the NMSA’s letter lays out several suggestions as to how the TCPA regulations should be modified. First, it suggests that the FCC clarify the definition of an “auto dialer.” The NMSA recommends that dialing from a list should not automatically constitute an auto dialer. Furthermore, the NMSA suggests that “to be considered an [auto dialer], the technology needs to generate a phone number in random or sequential order AND call the number generated.”The NMSA recommends that the type of device used to contact the consumer should be less of a concern than the means in which that technology is used.“The consumer doesn’t know or care how they are called; they only care whether telemarketing calls are unwanted,” the letter reads. “Discussion should shift from the technology being used to the purpose of the call and whether a caller has a legitimate business relationship with the consumer. As businesses attempt to reach out regarding an account, the consumer should be able to receive their messages via their preferred manner of communication.”The NMSA letter also requests further clarification regarding how businesses should deal with reassigned phone numbers, pointing out that the caller has no way of knowing who will pick up the phone if they haven’t been informed that the number has been reassigned.Another key area in need of clarification is the ways in which consumers may grant or revoke consent to be contacted. As the NMSA letter explains, “The TCPA states that a consumer needs to provide ‘express written consent’ to receive calls from a company, and, at the same time, gives the consumer the option to opt out of the consent by ‘any reasonable means.’ While the court upheld this aspect of the regulation, ‘any reasonable means’ is problematic and overly broad.”The NMSA letter thus recommends that the FCC provide a more concrete definition of “any reasonable means” as: “(1) a company establishing and following procedures for revoking consent; or (2) not using intentionally deceptive options of opt-out.”The topic of robocalls/auto dialers was also the subject of a recent Senate hearing. Scott Delacourt, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP and a representative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who testified at the Senate hearing, said: “Unfortunately, the Commission’s implementation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act over many years has fostered a whirlwind of litigation. Interpretations by courts and the FCC have strayed far from the statute’s text, Congressional intent, and common sense, turning the TCPA into a breeding ground for frivolous lawsuits brought by serial plaintiffs and their lawyers, who have made lucrative businesses out of targeting U.S. companies.” National Mortgage Servicing Association Seeks Clarity on TCPA Regs June 13, 2018 640 Views autodialers FCC National Mortgage Servicing Association NMSA Robocalls TCPA Telephone Consumer Protection Act 2018-06-13 David Whartoncenter_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, journal, News, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more

February 24 2017Last Saturdays Grand opening of t

first_imgFebruary 24, 2017Last Saturdays Grand opening of the 2017 Community Art Show featured some of Arcosanti’s terrific musicians. Here are PR volunteer Shannon MacKenzieon on guitar, she with the awesome voice, and foundry crew Dillon Qibon on drums.[photos by Sue Kirsch]Shannon.Melissa Carone and Dillon.Ali Gibbs, Melissa and Dillon.Arcosanti’s own ‘Superstar’ Jonas Fister, here on guitar.Jonas and Dillon.Jonas.Dillon.last_img