2 injured in WCD accident

first_imgTwo persons had to be rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital on Friday afternoon after they were involved in a two vehicle collision at Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara (WCD).The two persons, identified only as a school girl and the driver of the motorcar, are said to be in critical condition. According to reports, the accident occurred at about 13:30h.Reports are sketchy but from information received, a minibus was travelling to Georgetown when a motorcar travelling in the opposite direction crashed into it.An eyewitness revealed that the minibus had stopped to put off a passenger when the accident occurred.The injured driver of the motorcar is said to have been under the influence of alcohol and presumably lost control of his vehicle.“I was sitting at the post office when I heard a loud bang and upon inspection, I saw the car turtling three times before coming to a halt on its side,” Laurine Medas, an eyewitness said.Medas further disclosed that several persons who witnessed the accident rendered assistance and rushed the injured to the hospital.last_img read more

Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv: Terry, Costa, Matic and Ivanovic out, defender makes debut

first_imgChelsea have left skipper John Terry, Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic out of their side for their opening Champions League tie with Maccabi Tel Aviv.Abdul Baba Rahman makes his debut for the Blues at left-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta switching to right-back.Ruben Loftus-Cheek makes his first Champions League start in midfield alongside Cesc Fabregas, with Oscar restored to the line-up.In Costa’s absence, Loic Remy is the lone striker as Radamel Falcao is resting a knock.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill (c), Baba Rahman; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.Subs: Blackman, Terry, Ivanovic, Ramires, Matic, Traore, Diego Costa.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

SA, Mozambique to tackle piracy

first_imgSADC defence force chiefs are due to meet in South Africa next week to discuss a maritime safety strategy for the SADC. Rhino poaching SADC maritime safety strategy As part of the agreement, the two countries also agreed to work together in protecting rhinos. The ministers sent a warning to poachers that both governments have declared war on poachers. 3 June 2011 At the signing ceremony, the ministers agreed that SADC countries must work together to stop piracy, which has the potential to negatively affect SADC trade and movements of goods. Combating piracy South Africa and Mozambique are to work together to tackle piracy in the Indian Ocean, especially in the Mozambique Channel and the broader Southern African Development Community (SADC) waters, as well as to combat rhino poaching and other cross-border crimes. “What affects Mozambique also affects South Africa, and we are committed to working with the [South African National Defence Force] in fighting piracy on SADC waters,” said Nyussi. South Africa and Mozambique will also work closely in all military matters, with Sisulu adding that the assets of the SANDF were available to fight piracy and all cross-border crimes. The meeting also noted progress made in land and air border control in relation to stopping illegal activities and cross-border crime. “The South African government will work with all SADC countries to fight piracy,” said Sisulu. “This is our obligation to ensure smooth movement of goods in the SADC waters.” South African Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and her Mozambican counterpart, Filipe Nyussi, signed a memorandum of understanding in Pretoria this week that makes provision for joint training, sharing of information and intelligence, joint patrols and ongoing support in military developments. “We also need to build stronger ties with all other countries within SADC in order to fight piracy effectively.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Cinematography Tips For Horror Filmmakers

first_imgHorror is a very specific genre that calls for some unique lighting techniques. These five cinematography tips will make just about any horror film more stylized and effective.Horror films are all about tone, texture, and mood. Unlike many other genres that rely more heavily on other elements (dialogue, plot points, etc.), great horror films are all about style. That’s not to imply that a great horror film shouldn’t also have excellent dialogue and a great plot, but rather that those elements often take a back seat to the immersive mood and experience that a great horror film delivers.The two most important elements in creating that mood are sound design and cinematography, the latter being what we’re going to focus on here. Unlike lighting a comedy or drama, more rules can often be broken when shooting a horror film, and in many cases that translates to a more effective final product.If you plan on shooting some horror material in the future, then this article is for you. The five cinematography tips listed below will serve as some fundamental guidelines that you can follow throughout your time on set:1. Shoot Through ThingsIn the context of a horror film, this benign scene becomes something more sinister. Image from ShutterstockSome horror filmmakers are drawn to extreme closeups, but in my opinion doing the exact opposite is far more effective. Rather than always filling up your frame with your actors faces (just because it looks intense), challenge yourself to go wider.Imagine a scene where an actor is sitting alone in their kitchen. An extreme closeup on their face may show us some added emotion, but a wide shot taken from outside the house (looking in) could be far more powerful. Not only are you showing the isolation of the character, but you’re also creating a voyeuristic and unsettling feeling by shooting through a pane of glass, which is a technique that can be very effective under the right conditions.2. UnderexposeDavid Fincher’s Zodiac. Underexposed and super scary. Image from IMDbAs DPs, we have it drilled in our heads to always expose perfectly. We have more tools than ever (both in camera and otherwise) that enable us to nail our exposure. Though, in some cases, that isn’t what’s going to serve the story most effectively. On a horror film, underexposing can be extremely effective as it’ll leave more areas of the frame in the shadows and create a more mysterious feeling.Although you could technically expose normally and just color grade your footage to darken it in post, the end result won’t be quite the same. You want to actually light your scene in a way that feels organically underexposed, and bring that out even more in the grade. Don’t push things too far though, or you won’t be able to bump it back up in post if needed. About a stop of underexposure is all you need to set the tone.3. Use HazeEven the Exorcist is made scarier by fog. Image from IMDbUsing a tasteful amount of haze (or fog) can add a lot of texture to your scene. This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but it’s still used on nearly every set (and for good reason). There’s absolutely no substitute for the look and feel that haze can bring to your scene, and it’s especially effective when it comes to the horror genre.Use a hazer or fog machine to add just a touch of haze to your scene, and be sure not to go overboard. A little bit of haze will go a long way, and much like underexposing, it can really help to set a unique and mysterious mood to your scenes.4. Don’t Be Afraid of Colored GelsBeyond the Black Rainbow. Below the Red Gel. Image from IMDbI almost always avoid using colored gels when shooting, unless I’m using them to correct the color temperature of a light (for example, balancing tungsten to daylight). That said, if I’m ever going to use them, it’s on a horror film, as that’s one of the only genres where I feel they can work exceptionally well.Red gels in particular can be really effective for horror, as the color red can inherently make your viewers feel unnerved. Avoid using colored gels in the way that a photographer might (such as on the rim light) and instead use them on your key. Let’s say you’ve got a scene that takes place in a dark hallway of a club. If your key light has a red gel on it, it will bleed over the faces of your actors and create a really stylized look. Again, know when to use this and when not to. If you mix colored gels with regular lighting (or natural light) you may just wind up with a strange looking image.5. Find Unique AnglesSome films are horrifying for different reasons. Image from IMDbThe most obvious example of a unique angle that works well for horror is the dutch tilt, though just about any unconventional angle can help play into the vibe of your film. Much like the other tips on this list, you want to use your camera angles to create an unsettling feeling within the viewer, and the best way to do that is to create an image that looks off balance. That’s why the dutch tilt works so well.Other examples would be a bird’s eye view or a very low angle shot looking up. Both of these are unique perspectives that we rarely see on film, and can really help to jolt the audience into the headspace of the characters. Always be sure that whatever extreme camera angle you’re going for still suits your scene, as the last thing you want is to stylize a scene or moment in a way that isn’t true to the story.Here are a few more thoughts, tips, and tricks from PremiumBeat dealing with the subject of cinematography:Cinematography Tip: Use Fog To Add Depth to Your ShotThe Art of Perspective and Symmetry in CinematographyPainting With Light: How To Fundamentally Approach The Craft Of CinematographyWhat are your favorite horror-centric cinematography techniques? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Rajasthan universities to adopt villages

first_imgAll public universities in Rajasthan will adopt one village each in the State every year to convert them into “smart villages”. Their focus would be on the creation of infrastructure and evolving facilities for education, Chancellor of universities and Governor, Kalyan Singh, has said.Mr. Singh, who visited Bharatpur over the week-end, said the Maharaja Surajmal Brij University had adopted two villages, Halena and Barso, in the district and launched efforts to improve the quality of life of villagers. He said he would himself review the progress of work every month.Interacting with the residents of the two villages, the Governor said tubewells would be installed in Halena to resolve the problem of drinking water scarcity and action taken for rain water harvesting. He said the lone government school in Barso would be upgraded and the Chambal drinking water project would be extended to the village.last_img read more