How to Create A Time-lapse Dolly Zoom

first_imgWhen dolly zoom meets timelapse you get the following cool effect – created with a tripod!You don’t have to be a photography expert to shoot time-lapse video, all you need is a camera, tripod, and some time. A quick search on Vimeo will yield hundreds of different time-lapse tutorials, but none quite like the following tutorial created by Eric Stemen of Ocean Llama.The tutorial demonstrates how to create a time-lapse dolly zoom – a shot made famous by Hitchcock in Vertigo. To create this effect you will need a:CameraZoom LensTripodFollow-Focus (Recommended)It should be noted that in order to do this technique your camera needs to have a “guide frames” function. If your camera doesn’t have guide frames you could probably just get away with putting a small dry erase dot on your LCD screen. As with any shoot, make sure you have plenty of cards and batteries!Eric said that he used the warp stabilizers in After Effects to stabilize his final video and it seems to have made all the difference. If you’re a photographer and are not familiar with After Effects, check out our tracking lesson from our Adobe After Effects Fundamentals Course.This video technique was first shared by Eric Stemen from Ocean Llama. You can check out more time-lapse tutorials on Ocean Llama’s website. Thanks for sharing Eric!Have any tips for shooting time-lapse? Have any examples you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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Do Creative Agencies Need a Creative Director of Video?

first_imgFind the digital frontier’s new direction with three ways a creative agency can benefit from having a Creative Director of Video.Since the days of Madison Avenue, the world of advertising has changed drastically. Media and content is now displayed on platforms that once would have baffled advertisers. But, if the media landscape has changed so much, why haven’t the organization, structure, and positions within creative agencies changed, especially in regard to video and video production?We create so much more video content than ever before and Creative Directors are typically the ones at the head of this process. However, most Creative Directors come from a design-focused and design-centric background.With so much more video content being created, a new trend is emerging among creative agencies — having their in-house creative director directing on set. Typically because of their design-centric background, a lack of boots-on-the-ground production experience is something production crews notice. This ultimately affects the end product.Personally, I feel this trend of having in-house CDs on set will become increasingly more popular. However, I do believe there’s one way agencies can combat inexperience, while also creating the best possible video content — through a Creative Director of Video.Traditional Creative Director vs. Creative Director of VideoImage via PopTikaAs a video content creator, when you’re working with a creative agency on a project, one of your first contacts will be the Creative Director. This person crafted the unique creative vision and overall direction of the piece. They also provide the initial vision approved by the client. In a traditional format, the Creative Director would then hire a Film and Video Commercial Director to translate that creative for the actual production.Adaptability Toward Changing WorkflowsWorkflows for video are drastically changing. Before the height of social media, most ads were shot solely as a thirty-second spot.However, times are changing. Now, productions find that clients request more deliverables than in previous years. Brands are now looking for seven-second, fifteen-second, thirty-second, forty-five-second, and one-minute cuts of the same ad. Sometimes, these cuts are to be delivered in 16×9, 9×16, and 1×1 ratios. This increase in final deliverables causes two things: increased workflow and increased post-production cost.To combat and mitigate this rise in cost and increased workflow, Creative Directors are directing more on-set video. For this reason, it’s becoming increasingly more important to have Creative Directors with video and film production experience.Streamlining Creation of ContentImage via Mark PoprockiThroughout my career, I’ve worked with numerous creative agencies on projects. At times, the Creative Directors would give me perfectly buttoned-up creative pitch decks that were ripe to interpret, then create.However, I’ve also been given a four page script full of dialogue intended to be a thirty-second commercial spot, which we all know (as video professionals) can’t happen.By utilizing a Creative Director of Video, creative teams can avoid pitfalls like this. Because of their experience, Creative Directors of Video know exactly what creative can be achieved and how to achieve it in practice — not just in theory or ambition. This sort of filter can streamline the entire production process, establishing a strong foundation.Agencies that have a video production-heavy workflow would vastly benefit from a Creative Director of Video. By utilizing this heavily experienced position, you can gain much more refined creative for video, with a more pointed and deliberate direction, while reaping the benefits of having a team lead with an array of on-set experience.With creative agencies producing video more than ever before, a Creative Director of Video is the perfect position to lead crews into this new digital frontier.Top image via SFIO CRACHO.Want more industry insights on filmmaking? Check these out.How DPs Make the Shift from Commercials to Features and Back AgainFree Script Writing Software Options for the Low-Budget Filmmaker7 Filmmaking Interviews with Real-World Career AdviceWhy You Shouldn’t Cut Your Own Director of Photography ShowreelFrom Favreau to Scott – Filmmakers Who Changed Direction in Postlast_img read more

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Alwar lynching: Relatives rebut government version on Rakbar death

first_imgRajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Tuesday said the investigation into the death of a Haryana farmer, Rakbar Khan, who was severely assaulted with sticks and firearms by a group of seven men in Alwar district last week, suggested that he died in police custody.The Minister said the policemen had shown “negligence and lapses” in dealing with the case.Rakbar’s family, however, rubbished the reports as an attempt to shift the blame for his death onto the police and shield the cow vigilantes responsible for the murderMr. Kataria, who visited Lalawandi village in the Ramgarh area of Alwar, to see the spot where Rakbar, 31, was waylaid and assaulted, said a magisterial inquiry would be conducted in the case, while action had already been initiated against the police officials of the Ramgarh station.The Minister was accompanied by Director-General of Police O.P. Galhotra. The site in a field adjacent to a narrow road in the forest area is muddy and shows signs of a struggle.Blames delay“The policemen should have immediately taken the victim to the hospital for his treatment, but instead they first took the cows to the gaushala (cow shelter). This delay resulted in Rakbar’s custodial death,” Mr. Kataria told reporters in Alwar.The Home Minister announced financial assistance of ₹1.25 lakh to the next of kin of Rakbar, and said more assistance would be released on the recommendation of the District Legal Services Authority. He said he had met members of Rakbar’s family and assured them of a thorough probe and punishment of the guilty.Rakbar’s post-mortem report, released by the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Alwar on Tuesday, revealed that he had died of shock as a result of internal injuries, fractures and bruises all over the body. “The injuries were caused by a blunt weapon or object,” stated the report. A medical board, comprising a surgeon, a physician and a medical jurist, said there were 13 injuries on the body and a lot of blood in his chest. Multiple fractures and damage to ribs were also found during the body’s medical examination.Dismissing the Minister’s statement of police complicity in Rakbar’s death, his uncle Noor Ahmed said the reports were an attempt to protect the cow vigilantes. “There could be negligence on the part of the police in delaying medical aid to him, but he was not beaten up by them,” said Mr. Ahmed.He said there was an eye-witness, Aslam, who managed to escape.National President of the All-India Mewati Samaj Ramzan Chaudhary, said both the police personnel and the cow vigilantes were responsible for Rakbar’s death.“The footprints spread over a large area in the fields in Lalawandi prove that the major scuffle took place there. Later, the police also wasted crucial time in shifting him to the health centre. The police might have also beaten him up, but he sustained critical injuries at the hands of the cow vigilantes,” said Mr. Chaudhary. He said a committee of people from six villages and social activists was set up to take forward the fight for justice.last_img read more

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Assam BJP wants more time for NRC claims

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party Assam unit has sought a month’s extension of the time for filing objections to the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC).The party has submitted a memorandum to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for the extension.The complete draft NRC published on July 30 had the names of 28,983,677 of the 32,991,384 applicants. NRC officials said discrepancies in submitting relevant documents led to the exclusion of 40,07,707 names. “The number of people excluded is a huge one. We believe there should be more time given to file claims and objections so that all genuine cases are included,” BJP State vice-president Manoj Ram Phukan said on Monday.“We don’t want a single foreigner’s name to be included in the final NRC. But no genuine Indian citizen should be excluded from the list because of a lack of adequate time,” he said.Some 2,500 NRC Nagarik Seva Kendras across the State would be providing ‘claims, objections and corrections’ forms from August 10. Those left out of the NRC draft would be required to submit the forms along with admissible documents between August 30 and September 28.Political parties and NGOs say the time is too short for people whose citizenship was at stake. “Time is of essence for ensuring an error-free NRC,” Aminul Islam, leader of the All India United Democratic Front, said.State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela said some human errors were possible in a massive exercise such as NRC updating. “We are improving our system too for ensuring an error-free NRC,” he said.last_img read more

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Edmund upsets No. 3 Dimitrov, new Brit in Aussie Open semis

first_imgNCAA volleyball: Arellano storms back, survives Perpetual View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH He checked all those boxes on Rod Laver Arena, setting himself up for a match against either top-ranked Rafael Nadal or No. 6 Marin Cilic for a spot in the final of the season’s first Grand Slam.After breaking Dimitrov’s serve in the ninth game of the fourth set, Edmund set up match point with an ace. Then he had to wait before a video challenge confirmed that Dimitrov’s last shot — a floating backhand — was out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just held my nerve in that last game and prayed that last ball would be out,” Edmund said. It was out, and so was Dimitrov, who lost a thrilling five-set semifinal here last year to Nadal and had only just beaten Edmund two weeks ago at the Brisbane International.“When you’re on these types of stages, reaching the last stages of the best tournaments in the world, it’s very pleasing. But of course I want to keep going,” Edmund said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Murray reached five Australian Open finals, but has never won the title at Melbourne Park. He’s missing the season-opening major this year after deciding to have surgery on his hip. That leaves Edmund as the center of attention for the tennis-loving British public.“I know what it feels like to be Andy Murray the last eight years,” he said. “It’s probably the first time I’ve done well on my own, so there’s more attention there. Of course you take it in stride.”Elise Mertens is the center of attention in Belgium after reaching the semifinals in her debut at the Australian Open.Mertens upset fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0 to extend her winning streak to 10 matches, and became the first Belgian since Kim Clijsters in 2012 to reach the semifinals here.“If you believe in yourself, then anything can happen,” she said. “But of course semis is, ‘Wow.’”ADVERTISEMENT Mertens, who trains at Clijsters’ academy, added: “Kim, thanks for watching, I knew you sent me a message before the match — don’t be too stressy.”“I’m trying to be in your footsteps this week.”Mertens, who was coming off a successful title defense at the Hobart International, dominated against Svitolina, who had also been on a nine-match winning roll after winning the Brisbane International.Svitolina had won their only previous tour-level match, but had no answers on Rod Laver Arena and later said hip trouble had been bothering her all year.“She played great from the beginning of the year,” Svitolina said. “But, you know, when I give her opportunities to play and to play a good level, then of course she’s going to play. She’s going to go for shots.“Now she’s in semifinal. Now she’s not just a player that’s up and down. She’s quite consistent, and we can see this.”The 22-year-old Mertens was one of the biggest movers on the women’s tour in 2017 as she improved her year-end ranking from 120 to 35 and won her first career title.In the semis, she’ll play either second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki or Carla Suarez Navarro.In other news, No 32-seeded Mischa Zverev was fined $45,000 for a poor performance in his first-round match against Hyeon Chung.Zverev was punished under a new rule implemented by the Grand Slam Board in the off-season intended to deter players with pre-existing injuries to start a tournament and retired from their first-round matches.center_img MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov falls during his quarterfinal against Britain’s Kyle Edmund at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)MELBOURNE, Australia — There’ll be a British man in the Australian Open semifinals for the seventh time in nine years. This time it’ll be Kyle Edmund, not Andy Murray.Edmund upset No. 3-ranked Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday to reach the semifinals for the first time. Edmund had never played in a major quarterfinal, had never won five consecutive matches at tour level, had lost both of his previous matches against Dimitrov and had never beaten a top five player.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Zverev was trailing Chung 2-6, 1-4 on the first day when he retired. His fine of $45,000 nearly equals his first-round prize money of 60,000 Australian dollars ($47,900).Zverev’s fine was the largest ever assessed to a player for an on-site Grand Slam offense, although other players have been fined larger amounts following a major tournament. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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IPL 2016: Passionate Brad Hogg wants to play till 50

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders’ spinner Brad Hogg said he relishes the competition from team-mate Sunil Narine, adding that they push each other to perform better.If Narine is drafted into the playing XI for KKR on Wednesday against Mumbai Indians, Hogg is likely to sit out. The former Australian bowler however, had a great outing with the ball in the last game, picking up figures of 3 for 19 from his four overs against Delhi Daredevils.”It is a team game and we all play a part, and when we get our chance we have to do it right. It’s good having Sunil here too. We put pressure on each other to perform and it is good, respectful competition between us,” Hogg said at the pre-match media conference on Tuesday.”It is a confidence thing with Sunil with the new action. I was facing some balls last year and he was perfect. He is a class act. We know that he can do it legitimately. He was missed in the T20 World Cup, so nice to have him back.”Hogg stated that his job was to create an energy in the dressing room so that the body language of the players remains positive and also lauded Narine as a ‘class act’.”Narine is a class bowler. It has been disappointing for him with what happened with his action. He is part and parcel of the unit. As individuals you try hard and you want to be out in the park. If I am not playing and he takes my spot, I will try and create the energy in the change rooms to make sure every ones up for the challenge. I can’t afford to be quiet in the dressing room because that is going to have an impact on the others,” he said.advertisementThe 45-year-old said that he could have continued to play for a few more years in international cricket, but failed to do so because of personal issues.When asked what keeps him going, he said: “The passion of wanting to play. I had retired in 2008 had three years out of the game. And to then have the opportunity of coming back and do what you love, I don’t take it for granted. I have the same passion like a 5 year old kid who dreams to play for Australia.””T20 has evolved. It has changed, given new lease of life to cricket, lease of life to me. I do regret quitting in 2008. I had the Test spot then, but had some family issues and I retired. I wish I didn’t because the marriage didnt survive. But now I have a new partner who is constantly pushing me, telling me to play as long as I can. Maybe till 50 (laughs).”Speaking about his training regime, he said: “I try and do everything a day and have two days off a week. I have five days where in an hour and a half I really go hard to make sure the fitness is there. Once you stop you lose it.”Hogg also praised the efforts of the spinners in the format saying that he initially believed tweakers were going to ‘die’ due to the demands of T20 cricket.”When T20 came up, with the Australian team we believed spinners were going to die. But now in the IPL and also in the Big Bash, it is great to see teams playing two front line spinners. As it has evolved, it is great to see T20 not taking away aspects that are such a huge part of Test cricket,” he said.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka rule out Dhammika Prasad for first Test against England

first_imgSri Lanka fast bowler Dhammika Prasad has been ruled out of the first Test against England at Headingley starting on Thursday, the BBC reported on Sunday.The 32-year-old damaged his shoulder during his team’s opening tour match against Essex last week.”We’re hoping that we can get him bowling again pretty soon,” head coach Graham Ford said.Prasad, 32, took five wickets in the second innings against England at Headingley two years ago to help Sri Lanka clinch the series.”We’ll have to build him up and get him bowling a number of overs in the nets to have him prepared potentially for the second or third test,” Ford said.Prasad has taken 75 wickets in 25 Tests.last_img read more

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Canadiens Shut Out Rangers, 1-0

first_imgNEW YORK — Carey Price had an early feeling that one goal might be enough to settle the latest matchup between his Montreal Canadiens and longtime Original Six foe, the New York Rangers.Price outdueled counterpart Henrik Lundqvist, and earned a key win on the strength of Max Pacioretty’s goal with 4:17 left that lifted Montreal over New York 1-0 on Jan. 29.“I actually thought about that in the first intermission,” Price said. “Hank was playing really well. Both teams were playing really strong defensive hockey.”Pacioretty sent a wrist shot from above the right circle between the legs of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh that appeared to surprise Lundqvist before squeezing inside the right post for his 22nd goal.“I don’t expect him to shoot,” Lundqvist said. “When I am about to push to my left, I got stuck in the post. There is no excuse. I have to expect him to shoot, even though it’s a tough angle.“I have to stop it. This is on me, and it’s a tough feeling.”That goal gave Price his 26th win and third shutout of the season in a stellar 24-save effort. Montreal has won four in a row — three with Price in net.Lundqvist made 25 saves for the Rangers, who have lost two straight following the All-Star break and managed only one goal. They were beaten 4-1 by the Islanders on Jan. 27.“An inch there, an inch here, we might have been able to beat their goaltender,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “They got the goal that made the difference.”The Canadiens, eliminated by the Rangers in six games in last year’s Eastern Conference finals, lead New York by seven points in this season’s playoff race.This rematch had a postseason feel to it. “I am just worried about doing my job — stopping the next shot,” Price said. “It’s fun to win games 6-5, but if we want to be successful, we’re going to have to really bear down on those low-scoring checking games.“Tonight we were the team that got the lucky bounce.”The netminders took turns in making spectacular saves. Lundqvist snared a shot by Pacioretty with a lunging reach of his glove in the first period that had him staring skyward.“I’ve shot on him a lot,” Pacioretty said. “He baited me with the glove and I felt pretty dumb, I took the bait. He was waiting for it. I feel like I could’ve shot anywhere else on the net and I would’ve scored.”Price shined in the third period, first when he denied Rick Nash on a short-handed breakaway, and then when he turned aside Martin St. Louis with a twisting, sprawling save that left him flat on his back.“I just kind of reacted,” Price said. “I got a shoulder and an ear on it. I thought it went behind me, so I spun around, and it ended up underneath me.”Montreal thought it took the lead with 1:56 left in the first when former Ranger Dale Weise ripped a shot that Lundqvist stopped. A video review ensued, and it appeared Lundqvist’s pad was in the net at the time, but there was no conclusive evidence.The opening period was particularly testy, a somewhat unusual scenario considering the teams hadn’t met since New York’s 5-0 home victory on Nov. 23. The Canadiens won 3-1 in the first game of the season series on Oct. 25.While there was only one fight in the first period — a bout between former Rangers forward Brandon Prust and Tanner Glass with 1:22 remaining — there were several other skirmishes and a near-fight between New York’s Chris Kreider and physical Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.The two came together with 6:55 left. Kreider was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Subban was whistled for embellishment. They then jawed at each other as they left the box.Kreider dropped his gloves and grabbed Subban, who kept his gloves on. The two returned to the penalty box because of more unsportsmanlike conduct.“I knew it was going to be an intense game,” Subban said. “You have two teams that are probably two of the best teams in the conference. We wanted to make sure we came out with our best performance.”The first period ended with a rough scrum along the boards in the Rangers end that featured Montreal’s Lars Eller throwing punches at Derek Stepan. Both were sent off for roughing, but Eller received an extra 2 minutes that gave New York its first power play.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Nets Get Even, Rock Hawks, 120-115

first_imgNEW YORK — Deron Williams finally delivered the game that’s expected of him, and he wasn’t going to let the Nets lose it.And after he finished carrying them into a 2-2 tie with the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed, the guy who had been being beaten up physically on the court and by fans and media off it knew how important his performance was.“We really needed to get this one to stay in the series,” he said, “and so it was definitely one of my better games this year for sure and probably as a Net.”Williams rebounded from two dismal games by tying a playoff career high with 35 points, and Brooklyn pulled out a 120-115 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on April 27 in Game 4.The Nets, just 38-44 in the regular season, moved two victories from becoming the sixth No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 — only the fourth since the first round became best-of-seven.“This is what the playoffs are all about. What we expect is to be challenged, and this is a great challenge for us,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.Bojan Bogdanovic made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:25 left in overtime but the Nets never would have gotten there without Williams, whose 16 points in the fourth quarter were two fewer than he had total in the first three games of the series.Brook Lopez had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets.Jeff Teague had 20 points and 11 assists, and DeMarre Carroll added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks, who host Game 5 on April 29.Kyle Korver had 16 points and 11 rebounds, but the NBA’s leading 3-point shooter missed three straight from behind the arc in the final seconds with the Hawks trailing by three.The Nets finally got the rebound and former Hawks star Joe Johnson closed it out with two free throws, ending what was by far the best game of the series and perhaps the most memorable one in the 3-season history of NBA basketball in Brooklyn.“What a basketball game that was,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. “To me, that’s what playing this sport is all about.”Neither team had reached 100 points in any of the first three games and the Hawks had made only 39 percent of their shots. But they were mostly back in the form that produced 60 wins in the regular season — but the Nets were just a little better.That’s mostly because of Williams, who was 1-for-7 and 1-for-8 in the last two games, sitting out the last 16 minutes of Game 3 after hurting his tailbone and watching as the Nets seized control without him.But he moved well and shot better, making seven 3-pointers, including going 4 of 4 in his fourth-quarter flurry.“We understand and we know that Deron’s capable of doing that,” Hawks center Al Horford said. “You can only contain that type of player for so long. He had three not-so great games. He came out tonight and he was the difference.”Williams had only two free throws in overtime, capping the Nets’ run of seven straight points after Horford gave Atlanta its last lead, 113-111 with 1:44 remaining.Williams is a two-time Olympic gold medalist but has battled injuries since signing a five-year, $98.5 million contract in 2012.He averaged just 13 points during the regular season, and when he followed that with a dismal start to this series, Hollins had to defend his point guard from criticism during practice April 26.Williams then saved the Nets from a 3-1 deficit with his huge fourth quarter, when he even hit a turnaround 3-pointer from well behind the arc as the shot clock was set to expire.Millsap had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who had beaten the Nets six straight times this season before Brooklyn won both games here.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Maritime Museum Exhibit on Tragic Voyage of MS St Louis

first_imgOn the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will open an exhibit commemorating a human rights tragedy with Canadian connections that occurred at the beginning of the Holocaust. The special year-long exhibition on the voyage of MS St. Louis opens on Monday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. In late May 1939, 907 German Jews fled Nazi Germany aboard the Hamburg-America ocean liner St. Louis. Turned away by Cuba, the United States and then Canada, the ship was forced to return to Europe where 254 of the passengers were later killed in Nazi death camps. “It is fitting that this exhibit opens on the anniversary of Kristallnacht,” said museum curator Dan Conlin. “That traumatic event compelled thousands of German Jews to seek refuge, including those who bought passage aboard St. Louis.” Kristallnacht was an attack on Jewish people in Nazi Germany on the night of Nov. 9 and 10, 1938. Jews were murdered, sent to concentration camps and property was destroyed. The museum worked on the project in close partnership with the Atlantic Jewish Council. “While the exhibit evokes painful memories of a much less tolerant time, it is necessary to do so to ensure that a similar event never takes place again,” said council executive director Jon Goldberg. The fateful 1939 voyage of St. Louis was made famous by the book and subsequent movie Voyage of the Damned. Few people, however, know the ship had a close connection to Halifax. This city was a regular port of call for MS St. Louis as she made both her maiden and final voyage to Halifax. In mid-June 1939, St. Louis was two days away from Halifax when efforts were made to provide sanctuary for the 907 Jewish refugees to enter the port. Unfortunately, indifferent and anti-Semitic officials in Ottawa sealed the passengers’ fate by refusing an appeal by Canadian academics and clergymen to let the ship dock. The exhibit includes the document trail of this tragic injustice including the original secret telegram, on loan from Library and Archives Canada, that refused the ship entry to Canada. It also features a rare selection of ocean liner documents about St. Louis, including an anti-Semitic postcard written by a passenger who travelled aboard the ship after the infamous refugee voyage. The exhibit opening is presented in combination with the Atlantic Jewish Council’s Dignity Day Ceremonies. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.last_img read more

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Canadian Holocaust scholar says hes a target of Polish hate campaign

first_imgAn eminent Canadian historian whose writings on the Holocaust in Poland have attracted death threats said Tuesday that fierce criticism of his research is an unjustified attack on academic freedom.In an interview, University of Ottawa Prof. Jan Grabowski, 55, said he would not allow the “campaign of hate” to distract him from delving into what he called an ugly, but little-told, piece of history.“I feel personally attacked but this is for me a much more dangerous and general problem that has to be dealt with,” Grabowski told The Canadian Press from Ottawa. “It’s a pure and simple attack on basic academic freedoms, which we take for granted here in Canada. I’m dismayed.”The history professor, who has spent years studying the Holocaust in Poland, maintains many Poles who killed Jews were not simply forced to collaborate with the Nazis, who occupied the country during the Second World War.“They were realizing their own dream of a Jew-free Poland,” Grabowski said. “At the same time, they were very ardent opponents of the German occupation. Nothing is simple here.”While no stranger to controversy over his views, what’s changed recently is that his critics are no longer content to denounce him in Poland. Now, he said, they have brought their criticism to Canada by writing directly to the university where he has worked for almost 25 years to accuse him of lying and fabricating historical evidence.In two letters this month, the Polish League Against Defamation says Grabowski’s views are damaging to Poland.“He falsifies the history of Poland, proclaiming the thesis that Poles are complicit in the extermination of Jews,” the leagues writes. “Grabowski fails to adhere to the fundamental rules of researcher’s credibility. He uses vivid and exaggerated statements to create propagandistic constructions, rather than to provide an honest picture.”One of the letters is signed by 130 Polish scholars — none, he says, with any connection to Holocaust studies.In 2014, Grabowski was given the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for his work “Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland,” an award the league called “disturbing.”Grabowski said the prevailing political climate in Eastern Europe is emboldening nationalist groups. He also said some of the league’s founders are now either ranking members of Poland’s government or senior advisers to its ministers.“It’s to an extent aligned with the wishes of the Polish state, which makes it all the more, I would say, appalling,” he said of the group’s campaign.In a display of solidarity, however, scores of pre-eminent international Holocaust scholars on Monday penned a letter to the chancellor of the University of Ottawa defending Grabowski as a scholar of “impeccable personal and professional integrity.” The letter praises his courage in pursuing his research despite the attempts to shut him down. The writers also criticize the league.“The current attack on Prof. Grabowksi by the Polish League Against Defamation, as in a recent public letter signed by more than 100 academics who have no expertise in the subject, is baseless, putting forth a distorted and whitewashed version of the history of Poland during the Holocaust era,” the letter states.“We are confident that your university, which is a bastion of learning and freedom of scholarly inquiry, will give its full support to Prof. Grabowski against those who seek to besmirch his reputation and curtail his work, and by extension, ours as well.”League founder Maciej Swirski denied in an email on Tuesday that it was running a campaign targeting Grabowski or academic freedom.“This is to pay attention to the campaign of slander against Poland conducted by Mr. Grabowski,” Swirski said.About 5.5 million Polish citizens — three million of them Jews — were killed in the war and many Poles view their nation as blameless in an era of Nazi atrocities.Grabowski, who was due to fly to Warsaw on Wednesday to continue his research, said his work uncovered grim truths about that view.“What I found is huge areas of human misery that has not been reported sufficiently or never,” he said. “These things are not palatable to Polish nationalists who believe in myths.”The professor said he had reported the threats to authorities and was exploring his legal options.The University of Ottawa did not responded immediately to a request for comment but the professor said the rector assured him of its full support.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Sir John As 200th birthday in Kingston has it all celebrations and

first_imgAPTN National NewsA big birthday bash in Kingston featured celebrations and protests.It was all over Canada’s first prime minister Sir John A MacDonald.He was celebrated for what some call the birth of a united country, while others see him as a racist who wanted nothing more than to rid the land of Indigenous peoples who did not follow his orders.APTN’s Annette Francis was in Kingston for the party and files this story.last_img

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Javed Akhtar, Munawwar Rana at upcoming Urdu poetry fest

first_imgNew Delhi: Over fifteen poets including Javed Akhtar, Munawwar Rana, and Gauhar Raza will be participating at the 53rd edition of Urdu poetry festival — Shankar-Shad Mushaira scheduled to be held on March 16. Organised by the Shankar Lal Murli Dhar Memorial Society, the annual event that will be held at Modern School in Barakhamba here, celebrates the legacy of Urdu poetry. “We believe Urdu is more than just a language, it is a culture in itself. This art of oration needs to be preserved and nurtured against the face of extinction,” Madhav B Shriram, chairman, Shankar Lal Murli Dhar Society, said. Other participating poets will include Waseem Barelvi, Popular Meeruthi, Manzar Bhopali, Rahat Indori, Iqbal Ashhar, and Sheen Kaaf Nizam. The festival commemorates the memory of Sir Shankar Lal and Lala Murli Dhar, known for their contribution to the social, educational and cultural life of New Delhi as patrons of Urdu poetry.last_img read more

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Harbhajan bowling with confidence: Lee

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Former Australia speedster Brett Lee applauded Harbhajan Singh, saying that the veteran Indian off-spinner has shown a lot of confidence while bowling for Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing IPL. Harbhajan, 38, has turned the clock this IPL season more than once, taking crucial wickets during the tournament to help CSK reach their record eighth final in 10 years. CSK were suspended for two years in between. “He exactly knows where to bowl for certain batsmen. His bowling was outstanding, he got some beautiful shape on the ball again. I love the revolutions of the ball,” the Star Sports Select Dugout Expert, Lee said. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”That tells us that he has good control on the ball. He is bowling with confidence,” the former fast bowler added. Harbajan finished with figures of 31 for two in Qualifier 2 to help CSK restrict Delhi Capitals to 147 for 9 on Friday night and then the defending champions reached the target to win by six wickets. Two wickets in the game against Delhi meant Harbhajan became the third Indian to claim 150 wickets in IPL. “His stand is basically right-handers vs left-handers. Just shows how good a bowler he is. He can bring in the LBW both against the left and the right-handers,” Kings XI Punjab coach Mike Hesson, who is also a Star Sports Select Dugout Expert, said. Harbhajan has taken 16 wickets from 10 matches so far in the ongoing cash-rich tournament.last_img read more

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Brock grad featured on TVO

Bryce HonsingerLast month, TVOParents visited Premier’s Teaching Award winner and Brock University 2010 Faculty of Education Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Bryce Honsinger (BA ’99, BEd ’00) and his grade 5/6 class at Applewood Public School in St. Catharines. The video documents Honsinger’s innovative methods of teaching history.Watch the video “History Comes Alive: Inside Bryce Honsinger’s Classroom” on tvo.orgLinksVideo: History Comes Alive: Inside Bryce Honsigner’s Classroom | tvo.orgVideo: Recognizing Brock Alumni | Brock University’s YouTube Channel read more

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Wynne and Horwath debate in Northern Ontario

The first leaders debate of the provincial election campaign was waged in Ontario’s north today, but only two of the three main contenders showed up.Tim Hudak says his schedule didn’t allow for this debate so it was just Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne and NDP leader Andrea Horwath, both of them committed to funding infrastructure to help develop the Ring of Fire. That’s a deposit of chromite 500 km north of Thunder Bay that could be, in Wynne’s words, as important to the country as the oil sands are in Alberta.Chromite is used to make stainless steel and there’s about $60 billion of it in the Ring of Fire, but it could cost more than a billion dollars just to build the roads up there. Both the NDP and the Liberals committed to that.Observers found that Kathleen Wynne sped through her speech as if she had somewhere else to be. “The north is going to be an economic driver again. It’s going to be an economic driver because of those resources. We need that chromite, but we also need your talent, ingenuity and determined spirit,” Wynne said. Andrea Horwath got kudos for taking the gloves off right away. “I’m pleased that Wynne has decided to join us today. Hudak’s absence sums up his opinion of northerners,” she said. That was as much credit as she was willing to give the Liberal leader, saving significant criticism for the gas plant scandal.“Ms. Wynne was at the centre of it, she was a Senior Cabinet Minister, she endorsed it all.”Wynne disagreed, and tried to redirect the conversation.“I understand people are angry about the gas plant relocation and I have apologized for it, but the fact is we must make investments in the future of this province.”In separate appearances, both leaders poked at the absent Tory. “Our plan is the diametric opposite of Tim Hudak’s proposal. He’s going to start to grow the economy and consolidate the recovery by cutting the knees out from under the recovery, taking 100,000 jobs out of the economy,” said Wynne.“Mr. Hudak thinks firing 100,000 people will get us good jobs. I dont’ know how he does his math,” said Horwath. read more

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CWB Financial Group reports Q3 profit up raises quarterly dividend

Companies in this story: (TSX:CWB) The Canadian Press EDMONTON — CWB Financial Group raised its dividend as it reported a third-quarter profit of $71 million.The Edmonton-based bank says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of 28 cents per share, up a penny from its previous rate.The increased payment to shareholders came as the bank said its latest profit amounted to 81 cents per share, up from a profit of $62 million or 70 cents per share a year ago.The bank’s adjusted cash earnings per share amounted to 82 cents per share for the most recent quarter, up from 75 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 80 cents per share, according to financial markets data from Refinitiv.CWB chief executive Chris Fowler says the results came as the bank continued to make significant progress on its strategic transformation.“Investment in capabilities to broaden our client relationships is clearly yielding results, and we are excited about our tremendous growth potential,” he said in a statement.“Going forward, further development of our differentiated full-service client experience will bring in highly scalable digital capabilities and an increasingly focused, team-based personal service model.” read more

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Namibia UN sends in aid following flooding

The United Nations is helping Namibia recover from flooding when the sluices of a dam fed by eight rivers had to be opened last month to alleviate rising waters, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is to provide an additional 10,000 water purification tablets to the southern African’s country’s Emergency Management Unit to address a shortfall and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is sending hygiene kits to affected households.On 25 February, the western side of the town of Mariental was flooded after sluices of the Hardap Dam were opened. Five people died. By 28 February, the situation had improved as floodwaters subsided but some 2,100 people remained displaced as of 3 March. Since schools are about to resume, the displaced people will have to be relocated.Although the sewerage system is being restored, and water tankers are being placed in strategic areas of the town, only one water reservoir is functional and water quality remains a problem, OCHA said. read more

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