UASC Ventures into North Atlantic Trade

first_imgzoom United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), the French liner CMA CGM and Germany’s Hamburg Süd have agreed to form a new service on the Transatlantic North trade routes, linking Northern Europe with the United States East Coast.The new service, starting in the third week of May, will call at the ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Le Havre, Southampton, New York, Norfolk, Charleston and Savannah and vice-versa, offering a weekly capacity allocation of around 3,300 TEU.Jørn Hinge, President and CEO at UASC, said: ”We are excited about the opportunities that this new Transatlantic service will create for UASC customers. By partnering with two of our key partners CMA CGM and Hamburg Süd, with whom UASC has important long-term agreements on other trades, we are confident that we will deliver fast transit times, high standards of reliability and service excellence on this route.”In September 2014, UASC announced the Ocean 3 alliance with CMA CGM and China Shipping Container Lines, for which services commenced in January. UASC has also entered into a general cooperation agreement with Hamburg Süd to secure entry to the South American trades for the first time, with services due to start in mid-April.UASC is also engaged in a major newbuilding program for 17 new ships; eleven 15,000 TEU vessels and six 18,800 TEU vessels.The first three 15,000 TEU vessels have been delivered to the UASC fleet, achieving the distinction of being the world’s first LNG-ready ultra-large container vessels. In total, 11 vessels from UASC’s newbuild program will be delivered by the end of 2015.last_img read more

Green corridor set up by cops helps 47yrold get the heart of

first_imgKolkata: The city witnessed another green corridor on Tuesday night when the heart retrieved from a 16-year-old boy, who was declared brain dead at a hospital in Mumbai, was taken to the Fortis Hospital in the city to be transplanted on a 47-year old woman.The heart was harvested from the youth at 6:40 pm at Global Hospital, Mumbai, after he met with an accident and was declared brain dead by the doctors at the hospital. A team of doctors headed by cardiovascular surgeons — KM Mandana and Tapas Roychowdhury —performed the surgery and gave a fresh lease of life to Anusha Adhikary (47) at the Fortis Hospital. At present, Adhikary has been kept under ventilation. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAccording to the hospital doctors, the heart transplant was successful but they were yet to see how the patient responds in the post-operative scenario. This is the fourth heart transplant carried out by the Fortis Hospital so far. The heart of the 16-year-old boy was brought from Mumbai. Hospital sources said the heart started beating again in the body of the recipient. She is stable and has regained consciousness. The city police facilitated a green corridor between the Calcutta Airport and the private hospital in Mukundapur covering a distance of 18 km. It took about 16 minutes and 23 seconds to take the organ to the hospital from the airport. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThere had been a spur in organ transplantations in Bengal in the past two years due to awareness campaigns carried out by the state government. The state health department has been conducting camps at both the government-run and private hospitals and the efforts have started yielding results. According to a senior official of the state Health department, 14 organ transplant surgeries have been conducted in the state. Calcutta Medical College and Hospital conducted two heart transplants at free of cost a few months back. The whole process is done through a register maintained by the Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO) having names of potential receivers who urgently require organs. A number of important organ transplantations have already been conducted at various government-run medical colleges, including the SSKM Hospital and Calcutta Medical College and Hospital.last_img read more

Indian jailed in US for call centre scam

first_imgWashington: A 23-year-old Indian national was sentenced to over seven years in federal prison by a US court for his role in an Indian call centre scam involving conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Sharvil Patel, who pleaded guilty to the crime in February this year, was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison on Thursday, becoming the third Indian to be sentenced for his involvement in the call centre scam. In March, Nishit kumar Patel was sentenced to 8 years and 9 months in prison for his involvement in the scam. Hemalkumar Shah was sentenced to 8 years and 6 months in jail in April. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Two others, Brenda Dozier and Alejandro Juarez were sentenced to 21 months and 15 months in prison respectively. According to court documents, from 2014 through at least 2016, Patel conspired with US-based co-conspirators and India-based call centres to extort money from US residents by impersonating IRS officers and misleading victims to believe that they owed money to the IRS and would be arrested and fined if they did not pay their alleged back taxes immediately. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe conspirators collected the fraud proceeds by withdrawing cash from prepaid cards purchased and funded by victims; hiring other conspirators (runners) to retrieve money wired by the victims to those runners; and hiring runners to open bank accounts into which victims deposited fraud proceeds. Patel collected the proceeds by providing the runners with the victims’ names, locations, and amounts paid. The runners were directed to retrieve the fraud proceeds in cash and turn the funds over to the defendants, often less a payment to the runner for opening the account or conducting the transaction, the Department of Justice said.last_img read more

IBC cannot resolve power sector crisis but ARCs can Power Secy

first_imgMumbai: Financially crippled power companies cannot be revived or resolved under the provisions of the existing bankruptcy laws, but asset reconstruction companies can better deal with them, a senior government official said Friday. Crucial agreements on the power purchase and fuel supply come apart if an asset goes for bankruptcy by sending it to NCLT as required under the law now, leaving only the plant and machinery, Union power secretary SC Garg said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe power sector is one of the worst performing from an asset quality perspective for banks and Garg pegged the overall stressed portfolio at around Rs 4 trillion or over 65,000 mw of generation capacity. “Not every kind of industry or every kind of asset can be best reconstructed through the IBC,” Garg told an event on ARCs organised by industry lobby Assocham. If a power sector asset goes to NCLT, “practically nothing will survive, except the plant”, he said, adding PPAs and FSAs will come off. Any new buyer will lose interest asset because of this, he said, recommending the ARC route to resolving the stress in the sector. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHe said the dozen-odd ARCs, which have been around for over a decade now, can collaborate with an industry expert, to help in resolution. However, absence of strong homegrown power companies which can team up with financial investors to resolve an asset, is delaying the resolution process. Meanwhile, Garg also pitched for an amendment in the powers of ARCs, underlining that they need to be empowered to act like an asset manager, much beyond the current limited role of being a debt manager. “The ARC model is perhaps not fully developed as they reach the asset via the debt route and not equity,” he said. Garg, who was recently shunted out from the finance ministry and is seeking VRS, said the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill will have to be bought back to deal with stressed cases in the financial sector. “As the economy grows, financial entities are becoming equally significant. They will also face insolvency. We see some problems in the NBFC space today, they need to be resolved,” he said. Garg also warned that the impact of financial entities going down “is much larger systemically than of a single entity in one of the real sector”. It can be noted that the financial sector companies are not included under the provisions of the IBC at present. Garg, meanwhile, refused to answer questions on the slowdown and fiscal stimulus. He said the power ministry is creating a new framework on the lines of the Uday scheme to ensure that discoms pay for the power that they are using. Under this, “discoms will buy power and would pay for that on time. We are also talking about creating a new scheme where the reforms can be brought in backed by incentives and investment support from government,” he said, refusing to share a timeline for the introduction of the new scheme. Even after Uday scheme, some entities have started delaying payments and over Rs 40,000 crore of bills are unpaid now, he said.last_img read more

Blackberry cofounder raises concerns with Nunavut MP Aglukkaq about facts behind Franklin

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsIQALUIT – Former co-founder of Blackberry and head of the Arctic Research Foundation, the organization that helped fund the search for Franklin’s two lost ships, is questioning the Minister of Environment on whether a CBC documentary correctly told the story about who and how HMS Erebus was found.In a letter obtained by APTN dated April 30, 2015, Jim Balsillie wrote to Leona Aglukkaq and told her the (CBC) documentary ran “contrary to the planning meeting we held in your office on June 9th, 2014 and filmed for the Prime Minister’s on-line news channel.”“I think it’s important that the contribution to the search is recognized accurately, that the history of the project is documented correctly and that it reflects the partnership agreements of each organization involved … the narrative, as currently presented, attempts to minimize the role of the Government and its respective agencies and private partners, ” Balsillie wrote.Jim Balsillie in an undated photoThere are also concerns in the letter about whether the people featured in the documentary are the ones who actually carried out a lion’s share of the work.Balsillie was particularly concerned that the role of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society (RCGS) was being greatly exaggerated, although he doesn’t fully explain why the organization was being given undue credit.“It also creates new and exaggerated narratives for the exclusive benefit of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and its own partners. The Government of Nunavut, the Canadian Hydrographic Service and the Canadian Coast Guard are shown as supporting players to the RCGS.”The CEO of the RCGS is an American-born author named John Geiger.RCGS President John G Geiser. Photo: RCGSBalsillie’s letter goes on.“The CEO of RCGS makes a claim that his organization has been doing the search “for years, catching a break this year” when in fact they joined the Victoria Strait partnership in April of 2014 as a support partner to help with communication and outreach activities. This narrative put forward by the RCGS undermines the leadership shown by you and the Prime Minister and the careful logistical planning that the Government supported well before the communications support role was taken by the RCGS.”What is not clear is why Balsillie is writing to the minister about a documentary that aired on CBC’s Nature of Things on April 9, 2015.When contacted by APTN, a spokesperson in Balsillie’s office said that “Mr. Balsillie has no comment at this time. He has communicated his concerns about the Franklin project (as well as ideas for Northern communities to benefit from the project) to relevant partners directly.”A producer for the Nature of Things, said no one in government was allowed to pre-screen the show as per CBC guidelines.But Balsillie isn’t the only one questioning the historical facts contained in the documentary or the role of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and it’s CEO John Geiger in it.Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Paul Watson recently made a splash when he announced that he quit his job at the Toronto Star over concerns he was being muzzled.Watson told APTN National News that he quit after the Toronto Star wouldn’t let him investigate the story of the scientists who discovered the HMS Erebus last summer.“I had traction on a story, and began reporting, to try to finish it, and I was ordered to stop,” Watson told APTN in an interview Wednesday. “It is the first time I’ve been asked to stop working on a story before I’ve even written it. At a meeting with management in Vancouver, I explicitly asked, ‘Yes or no, will you let me finish this story?’ I was told by the Star’s editor Michael Cooke, ‘We’re not interested in that story.’ That was a kill order, and I quit.”The Toronto Star denied the allegations in an article published in its paper.Paul Watson, Author Photo: Toronto StarWatson also said that he had to speak out for the scientists who worked on the project.“They’re frightened of losing their jobs. I was shocked at how far widespread that fear is,” he said. “Hard working people, experts in their field, who are afraid to speak the truth, because they fear that they will be slapped down and perhaps lose their jobs over it,” said Watson.In an interview with APTN and others, Watson singles out Geiger and the RCGS as having an embellished role in discovering HMS Erebus and questioned whether Geiger deserved receiving the Polar medal Monday in Whitehorse.“Four people as I understand it received that (Polar) medal. I think, clearly, that three of them are important to the discovery of HMS Erebus. They deserve that medal … I challenge anyone, as my sources have, to find evidence that John Geiger had any direct role in the discovery of that ship. Or did anything else that would warrant a medal from the Governor-General, awarded on behalf of the Queen,”APTN National News contacted Geiger and the Royal Canadian Geographic Society for comment but calls were not returned.Balsillie mentioned the RCGS a number of times in his letter.I am concerned that official communication outputs, such as this documentary, contain versions of the search that are misleading the to the Canadian public. Because this documentary is currently being adopted for US and international audiences I have requested meetings with the film director and the producing company to discuss how best to fix these factual errors. This project offers an unprecedented opportunity to engage our fellow Canadians in our history, Inuit culture, and the North which together raises awareness of the importance of the Arctic to our security, sovereignty and prosperity.Leona Aglukkaq did not respond to APTN’s request to comment Wednesday when contacted.But a spokesperson in her office did respond after APTN published its first story on the Franklin issue.In an email, spokesperson Ted Laking wrote that the government of Canada “did not have editorial control of the documentary,” CBC aired.And that Aglukkaq would be responding to Balsillie’s letter “shortly.”kdriscoll@aptn.caFollow @kentdriscolllast_img read more

Moroccan Pharmacists Stage a SitIn to Denounce Law Violations

Taroudant – Dozens of pharmacists in the Grand Casablanca region organized a ‘sit-in’ on Saturday in the district of Ain Sebaa in Casablanca to denounce the “non-compliance with regulatory schedules in pharmacies located in shopping malls and supermarkets.”According to the Union of pharmacists of the Wilaya of Casablanca, this lack of respect for schedules created unfair competition for pharmacists on duty.“People automatically head to the pharmacies that remain open in supermarkets, which negatively impacts the pharmacists on-call service,” Aicha Zaoui, pharmacist and general secretary of the Union of pharmacists said.The protesters called for all pharmacists to respect the disciplinary measures that were imposed by the Governor of Casablanca seven months ago in order to enforce the law. They said that they have recorded several violations to these disciplinary measures, stressing that “no one is above the law.”“All pharmacies must comply with the regulations of the province and the Union without exception, as a pharmacist cannot work more than 12 hours in a row,” one the pharmacists explained at the ‘sit-in’.They said that for nearly a year and a half pharmacists of Casablanca are mobilizing against “anarchy prevailing in the sector.”The Union of pharmacists added that they can legally sue those who violate the schedule, but “this procedure is complicated and requires a lot of time.” read more

GM recalls trucks due to engine block heater cord fires

DETROIT — General Motors is recalling over 368,000 pickups and other trucks worldwide after 19 reports of fires caused by engine block heater cords.The recall covers certain 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500 and 6500 trucks, as well as the 2017 through 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500. All have GM’s 6.6-litre diesel engines and an optional engine block heater used in colder climates.The company said Friday that the electric heater cord or the terminals connecting the cord to the heater could short-circuit and fail. That can cause fires. No injuries have been reported.GM is still trying to find the cause of the problem and develop a fix. It’s asking customers not to use engine block heaters until further notice.The Associated Press read more

Is a Wexit in Albertas future

EDMONTON — Peter Downing, former soldier, ex-RCMP officer and creator of right-wing agitprop, has a new mission — the champion of Alberta separatism.Western separatism has a long history in Albertan politics, and it has seen a resurgence in popularity — not that that translates into political power — in the years since Justin Trudeau was elected, and as the energy-rich province faces difficulty getting resources to market and pipelines built.While there’s already an independence party, Downing, who has started Wexit Alberta, is hoping to bring together the disparate elements, the frustration, and combine them to create a functioning party apparatus. Downing, who has done his time as a creator of inflammatory right-wing political advertising, has been on a speaking tour of Alberta, discussing Wexit — as in Brexit, not We-Exit — and its quest for party status. Great turn-out for #WEXIT in Lloydminster! pic.twitter.com/AeIXHnkmTU— Peter Downing (@peterdowningAB) August 25, 2019Separation, whether Alberta alone or in tandem with other Western provinces — there’s a Wexit Saskatchewan wing, too — requires a few things, Downing says. A party and a leader, for starters. But he says it also requires voters to put Trudeau back into the prime minister’s office on Oct. 21.“There are many proud Canadians, however, if Justin Trudeau is re-elected on Oct. 21, they will be joining the separatist movement on Oct. 22 — watch the movement explode,” Downing predicted.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.It’s a catalyst, of sorts, at a time when there is terrific frustration in Alberta, limping along in a prolonged recession, but when there are no avowed separatists in the Alberta legislature, and certainly not among the major party leaders.Downing is carefully spoken in his interview with the Post, adroitly avoiding the unglued rhetoric and bigotry that often accompanies talk of separation online. He dismisses a query about racism; his wife isn’t white and English isn’t her first language, he says. And part of his agenda is to support Indigenous groups in Alberta fighting lawsuits, say, against the federal government over historical treatment.Downing may, or may not, be the leader; he says the movement is bigger than him. If he’s not the guy out talking about it, he says, someone else will be doing it.The cries for separation, and a credible separation option have been ramping upHe’s come to the separation movement after a stint in other roles. He was an RCMP officer, but left the force in the years following a conditional discharge for uttering threats against his ex-wife in a December 2009 confrontation. Court documents say his ex-wife alleged he cut his hand punching a fan and wrote “bitch” or “something like that” on the bedspread in blood, before threatening to throw her out the window; Downing denied the accusations at the time.“Sometimes females lie, and sometimes judges believe it,” Downing told the Post.He went on to join the Canadian Forces and upgrade his education. He’s also, in recent months, been involved in other projects, including the third-party advertiser, Alberta Fights Back. That was the group behind the billboards asking “Is Trudeau leading us to civil war?” and claiming the Liberal government was “normalizing pedophilia.” The group was also behind anti-NDP billboards and separatist billboards in the winter.Wexit Alberta, too, promises to “Kick Ottawa to the curb” and “elect MLAs loyal to Alberta.”“The cries for separation, and a credible separation option have been ramping up,” Downing says.There is some hard evidence the separatist movement has some popularity. Angus Reid Institute polling from over the winter found that 50 per cent of Albertans believed separation was a real possibility and 60 per cent would either strongly or moderately support the province joining a Western separatist movement.Then again, that’s tough to reconcile with the even harder numbers: the current separatist party, the Alberta Independence Party, got only 13,531 votes — 0.7 per cent of the vote — in the 2019 provincial election. Still, that’s more than most other minor parties, including the Freedom Conservative Party — and its then-leader, Derek Fildebrandt, was actually an MLA — and the Green party, and is only a few hundred votes behind the Alberta Liberals.Faron Ellis, a political scientist and pollster at Lethbridge College, said people tend to overstate their enthusiasm to pollsters, but usually back down when pressed.“It’s really easy to tell a pollster that you’re mad as hell and want to think about separating; when it comes to the details and what it’s going to cost you and the effort it’s going to take … it’s quite another matter,” Ellis said.Premier Jason Kenney has been paying attention; he understands the frustration, he says, but is trying to “isolate” it.“The only alternative is for me to pretend that this frustration doesn’t exist, and when political leadership ignores that level of frustration, that’s when things can go in the wrong direction,” he told CBC News earlier this month.Albertans have been rightfully frustrated by the unfair deal we are getting in the Federation going as far as to even express support for separationI don’t want to let @JustinTrudeau push us out of our countryI’d rather focus on separating him from the Prime Minister’s office pic.twitter.com/AEMq22BrXt— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) August 3, 2019Kenney, whose office said when asked for an interview that he won’t be commenting further, has staked out the federalist position, describing himself as a proud Canadian patriot — he’s done so repeatedly over the past year or more.But even then he has allowed for some nuance, suggesting the blame rests with Trudeau should separation become a viable political position: “I don’t want to let @JustinTrudeau push us out of our country,” he said on Twitter early this month. “I’d rather focus on separating him from the Prime Minister’s Office.”Over the decades, the election of conservative political parties, explained Ellis — who at one point considered himself a separatist — has tended to be a “release valve” for separatist discontent, either because leaders have shut it down flat-out, or separatists felt their concerns were being addressed.“Kenney’s gone out of his way to use that sentiment as a political club to continue to beat central Canadian politicians,” said Ellis. “That tends to just egg people on.”When people are mad about their place within confederation, Ellis said, and they work their way through the options — regional parties, such as the Reform party, for example — and finally arrive at the last option, separation, the “overwhelming majority of Albertans, even when they’re at their maddest, say ‘well that’s too far for me.’ ”Notably, Wexit Alberta says it will oppose Kenney’s UCP if “Jason Kenney’s not able to deliver on what Albertans have given him the mandate to deliver on,” said Downing.Downing’s undeterred: “I’ll tell you right now, the 2023 general election is going to be Alberta’s referendum on separation.”• Email: tdawson@postmedia.com | Twitter: read more

City airport officially named YYC Calgary International

The Calgary Airport Authority has officially unveiled the new name of one of Alberta’s busiest travel hubs.The Calgary International Airport will now officially be called YYC Calgary International Airport.CEO Garth Atkinson took members of the media on a tour of the terminal Thursday morning. He said the federal government made the decision to rename the airport as it owns of all of Canada’s major airports.‘YYC’ has been the official International Air Transport Association code throughout the airport’s history.“We adopted YYC as our brand in 2008,” Atkinson said. “And the YYC Airport brand quickly grew to symbolize the city we serve, the businesses we support, and is now used in the everyday language of Calgarians.”Originally named McCall Field, the terminal has been known as the Calgary International Airport since the 1960s. (Jon Muma – 660 NEWS) City airport officially named “YYC Calgary International” by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Oct 6, 2016 9:19 am MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2016 at 9:19 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Still time left to sign up for National Volunteer Week

Brock faculty and staff still have time to sign up to make a difference in the community later this month.About 55 people from the University have committed to spending a morning or afternoon assisting local organizations during National Volunteer Week.Volunteer opportunities are available on Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27, either from 9 a.m. to noon or from 1 to 4 p.m.Deadline to apply is end of day Tuesday, April 11.Participants are asked to register online for their preferred time slot after receiving supervisor approval. Following registration, they will have an opportunity to select their preferences from a list of partnering organizations looking for volunteers.There will be a mixture of indoor and outdoor volunteer opportunities for people of all abilities.As National Volunteer Week is a Brock-supported initiative, employees are not required to use vacation time to participate. Supervisor approval, however, is required.This is the third year Brock has participated in the event, with volunteers previously spending time doing community cleanup, painting, assisting at food banks and providing general maintenance through various organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold, and Heartland Forest. read more

Electric car gutted by flames after it set fire while charging

first_imgFirefighters tackle car blaze The fire service said the car was “100% alight”Credit: Stephen Huntley/HVC Pictures of the scene show the vehicle was reduced to a shell by the flames. Firefighters said the fire in Wickford, Essex, was caused by an electrical fault. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze was accidental. The car had been left to charge outside an office building. In the early hours of Sunday morning the fire service received reports that it was on fire.The fire was put out by 6.25am. A building was also damaged by smokeCredit: Stephen Huntley/HVC In a statement the fire service said: “An electric car which was left on charge outside an office building has been 100% destroyed and caused smoke damage to a building after catching alight.”Crews were called to reports of a car fire this morning (Sunday 9 July) outside an office building.”On arrival firefighters reported that the car was 100% alight and that the building it was parked outside was becoming smoke logged as a result. “By 6.25am firefighters had extinguish the fire, ventilated the building and ensured that the scene was safe.”The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental, and was due to an electrical fault.” A firefighter surveys the damagecenter_img Electric car fire  An electric car was left completely burnt out after it set on fire while charging.The vehicle was destroyed and a nearby building was damaged by smoke in the incident. Firefighters survey damage of electric car The car had been charging when it went up in flamesCredit: Stephen Huntley/HVC A firefighter surveys the damageCredit: Stephen Huntley/HVC Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Sunday

first_img 13,771 Views Feb 18th 2018, 7:57 PM By Hayley Halpin Share2 Tweet Email Short URL Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday Man charged over Limerick stabbing, a fatal avalanche in the Alps, and a potential hit and run – it’s your evening fix. http://jrnl.ie/3859107 The cast of Cirque du Soleil at the BAFTA Awards tonight Source: Ian West via PA Images#ALPS: A 43-year-old father and his 11-year-old daughter have died after an avalanche swept them away while they were skiing in the French Alps.#RUSSIA: Five women have been shot dead in an attack on an Orthodox church in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan.#TRUMP: US president Donald Trump has said the FBI was so caught up in the Russia probe that it failed to heed signs which could have prevented a mass shooting at a school in Florida.#TIME’S UP: Actress Emma Watson has donated £1 million to kickstart a new British fund to help women facing harassment and abuse at work.PARTING SHOTThis week’s school shooting in Florida has renewed calls for greater gun control, with several survivors leading the charge.One of them, 18-year-old Emma Gonzalez delivered a fiery address to a crowd of students, parents and residents in Fort Lauderdale.She ran through a list of the pro-gun lobby’s talking points — for example, that “a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun”, that no law could ever stop a madman intent on killing — answering each argument with “We call BS.” Source: CNN/YouTube(Click here if you can’t see the video.) NEED TO CATCH UP? TheJournal.ie brings you a round up of today’s news.IRELAND Chinese dancers perform during the 2018 Spring Festival Gala to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Dublin Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images A man has been charged in connection with the serious assault of a 21-year-old man who sustained stab wounds in Limerick.Gardaí have seized €50,000 worth of counterfeit goods at Meath’s Fairyhouse Market.About half of voters support unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks, according to two opinion polls released today.Gardaí in Dublin are appealing for information about a potential hit and run early this morning.Seven people had to be rescued from Carrauntoohil, Co Kerry overnight.A man has been seriously injured after being hit by a bus in Limerick city.Four Irish friends are to journey from Mayo to Mongolia in order to raise thousands for the homeless.And finally, here’s an explainer on why the government wants to exempt itself from the EU’s new hardcore data protection rules.WORLD Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 7:57 PM No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The number of planning permissions granted has shot up by 50

first_img 8,777 Views 24 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie By Paul Hosford The number of planning permissions granted has shot up by 50% The number of apartment permissions represents a 60% jump on last year, while houses are up 48%. Image: RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3460076 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share19 Tweet Email2 THE NUMBER OF planning permissions granted in the first quarter of 2017 was up 50% on the same time last year.In total, there were 4,650 permissions granted for dwellings, with 3,754 for houses and 896 for apartment units.The number of apartment permissions represents a 60% jump on last year, while houses are up 48%.Of those, one-off houses accounted for 27.4% of all new dwelling units granted planning permission in this quarter.The total number of planning permissions granted for all developments was 5,959.The total floor space approved is up by 14%.1,403 of the total approvals were granted in Dublin, with 1,017 in Cork and Kerry and 700 in the border region.Planning permission is only a reliable indicator of plans to build and the stats do not give an insight into how many of these permissions have begun work.Read: Houses evacuated after suspicious device is found in Ballymun Short URL Friday 23 Jun 2017, 1:12 PM Jun 23rd 2017, 1:12 PM last_img read more

Cultural diversity encouraged at SA show

first_imgEmerging and multicultural communities are being encouraged to attend this years Royal Adelaide Show. Multicultural SA has been consulted to aid in this development. The show is offering discounted tickets to groups of 20 or more. For a group consisting of five families of four – technically two adults and two children but other configurations will be considered – would total $180.00. Ethnic community organisations that would like to take up this offer could consider applying to the Multicultural Grants Scheme for assistance, for example, towards the cost of transport to and from the show. The show has also introduced a Volunteer Program this year, which could be an opportunity for those seeking employment to gain some valuable work experience. Applications to volunteer, which can be made on the show website at www.adelaideshowground.com.au/showground/royal-adelaide-show/show-experi…, close on 30 June. The 2011 Royal Adelaide Show will be held from Friday 2 September to Saturday 10 September. If you would like further information about the Multicultural Grants Scheme, contact Sara Allen on 8226 1974, or go to: www.multicultural.sa.gov.au/grants.htm Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Exclusive Interview How will Arthur Sinodinos handle Donald Trump

first_imgSenator Arthur Sinodinos 62, left his role as Federal Government cabinet minister after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in December 2017. After recovering thanks to a bone marrow transplant, his return to Parliament in August 2018 coincided with Scott Morrison replacing Malcom Turnbull as Prime Minister.After spending the following months helping to engineer a surprise Coalition victory over Labor in the Federal election earlier this month, Senator Sinodinos will head to Washington in February next year.The Greek Australian veteran politician revealed his decision to take up the role in the US was about maintaining his health.“Having had cancer and having gone through it I thought it was time to turn the page and take up a new opportunity,” Sinodinos said speaking to Neos Kosmos soon after news broke regarding his new appointment.“Obviously I like politics, I wouldn’t be in it if I didn’t like it. But I thought this was a good opportunity to, as a family regroup, after the difficulty of the last few years and we go from there. I am honoured to have the opportunity to potentially serve in this position and I will do my best.”The challenges of diplomacy in the United StatesUS President Donald Trump is not the most conventional politician and his international diplomacy can sometimes be unpredictable but Senator Sinodinos is confident he can manage this relationship.“I think we should respect the American political process as we would expect them to respect ours,” he said. “So the important thing is to establish rapport and good relationships with this or any administration and use these relationships to the benefit of Australia’s national interests.”Over the years Australia has built strong political ties with the US such as the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement in 2005, and support for their military involvement in Iraq.But in recent times that relationship has strained due to a heated phone call between the President Trump and then prime minister Turnbull over a refugee swap deal.Most recently the US President has not been happy with Australia’s role with the Mueller investigation and Sinodinos was being tight lipped about how he would approach those matters.“I’m not going to comment on particular issues. I don’t take up my post to early next year so I’ll leave those matters to others,” he said.But when Senator Sinodinos does take over as US Ambassador one of the key policy priorities facing Australia is for the US to avoid a trade war between China, which could harm the economy. But Sinodinos said those kinds of discussions with the Trump Administration will have to wait.“These are issues that we can work out down the track,” he said. “The important thing to remember is that we are strong allies with a lot in common and there are some great things to build on and it’s important for us to have a strong voice in Washington.”Senator Arthur SinodinosWhat will Sinodinos’ Ambassadorship mean for the Greek Community?With key Liberal Party power-broker and strategist Senator Sinodinos leaving the Senate to replace Joe Hockey as US Ambassador early next year, what will his absence mean for the Greek Australian community?Senator Sinodinos’ influence in the Liberal Party led to Prime Ministers John Howard through to Morrison pledging their support to a number of issues that affected the Greek Australian community.With Sinodinos leaving, many fear that a powerful influence has been lost. However, the Greek Australian Senator revealed that even though he will be absent from the corridors of power in Australia, he will still be supporting the Hellenic cause.“I’m not going yet, I’m not going till the end of the year, but I’ll miss being part of the Greek community,” he said. “I’ll be helping where I can, and even from abroad if I can help obviously I will.”In terms of who will now be lobbying for the Greek community Senator Sinodinos encouraged more Greek Australians to come into the parliament. He also pointed to Fiona Barbouttis-Martin, the new member of Sydney electorate Reid, who is the daughter of former Panhellenic (Sydney Olympic) and Socceroos footballer George Barbouttis – as someone who could take up the mantle.“I think Fiona will grow into that role but at the moment she will have to establish herself strongly in the seat of Reid because it is a key seat,” he said. “She is one to look out for in the future and one who could help with Greek Australian issues. But in the meantime I can get some of my Senate colleagues to help with all of that because there are a number of my colleagues who are supportive of the Greek community.”READ MORE: Greek Australian pollies: winners and losers in the 2019 electionsFiona Martin needs to establish herself in the seat of Reid.Senator Sinodinos also empowered Greek Australian leaders to lobby the Federal Government on issues affecting the Hellenic community by taking a unified approach.“In the 90’s and early 2000’s I remember the Greek community used to put together a day of lobbying in Canberra,” he said. “They would actually bring Greeks from various electorates and they would lobby their local members on matters of interest to the Greek community. That’s important so is encouraging or inviting local members of Parliament to come to Greek community functions, get to know them, put them at ease. A lot of these relationships already exist but they can always be taken to the next level. Also making sure that the Greek Orthodox Church also plays its role in the broader lobbying effort.”Looking back on his time on Australian politics, Senator Sinodinos is proud that his efforts have had a positive impact on Greek Australians.“Early on when I worked in the Howard Government we pushed for a social security agreement with Greece that came to fruition in 2007,” he said.“I was gratified that the arrangement of social security between Australia and Greece made clearer the terms where you could take your pension to Greece for example.“In more recent times the money we have given in the last two campaigns towards the expansion of the Greek Cultural Centre in Melbourne that Bill Papastergiadis and his committee are responsible for and that I regard as an important thing to have pursued.“We have also had working holiday arrangements with Greece established and clarified which has been good. When it comes to issues that have been divisive in Greece around the whole issue of Greece and the FYROM we have been keen for Australia to have understood some of the sensitivities of the issue, particularly for Greece and Australia took an appropriately diplomatic approach to the subject.”A man who did not come from the ‘top end of town’With Senator Sinodinos set to take on the most important Australian ambassadorship in the world, he took time to reflect on how from humble beginnings he rose to be one of the most powerful figures in the Liberal Party.“We didn’t come from the top end of town,” he said.“My father was a merchant mariner and my mum who while she worked for a little while, was stay at home mum for most of her life. Australia has given us a great opportunity. From going to Canberra and becoming an economist there when I finished university and that was a big opportunity. Later, working for John Howard and off the back of that I got an opportunity to go into the Senate to be a Member of Parliament which is a great privilege. I was then Assistant Treasurer, Secretary of the Cabinet and also Minister for industry, innovation and science. I’m proud of what we are doing to promote Australian industry and scientific development.”READ MORE: Arthur Sinodinos discusses the Coalition’s prospects in upcoming federal electionSinodinos: The Liberal Party thanks Bill ShortenMany in Australian politics have the view that Senator Sinodinos was a key figure behind the scenes and played a significant role in Morrison’s victory over former opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten in the Federal election.However the veteran Greek Australian Politician denies he was directly responsible for the Coalition defeating Labor.“99.9 per cent of the credit for this win goes to Scott Morrison because he campaigned very hard,” he said.“My role was looking after a number of seats in NSW including Central Coast, the Hunter Valley and the South Coast. But from day one Scott Morrison got out there, he threw everything at this.“Bill Shorten even though he was in the job for five and half years people still had reservation about him as the alternative Prime Minister. The campaign highlighted some of those reservations because of the way he handled or refused to handle some the questions about his policies. While we recognise Bill’s service to the country we also have to recognise his service to the Liberal party.”Senator Sinodinos also believes where Labor went wrong was due to policies such as negative gearing.“Labor were too quick to talk about the big end of town and that big end of town scooped up a lot of people who weren’t particularly well off or rich and I think that was a mistake,” he said.“There were a lot of workers who have negatively geared property. There were a lot of people who don’t have big incomes who were relying on their franking credits for extra income.”During the election campaign both Labor and Liberal pledged millions of dollars in support of the Hellenic community and Senator Sinodinos believes some seats in Victoria reflected the importance of the Greek vote“It’s not clear which particular seat the Greek vote would’ve have been decisive in,” he said. “But there are seats like McNamara which was the old seat of Melbourne Port where I know our candidate Kate Ashmore was very focused on the Greek vote in that seat. Then you have other seats like Chisholm where the Greek vote continues to be a factor.”The Greek Australian Senator added that the Liberal Party have been able to take advantage of Greek Australian’s upward mobility which he believes has led to many voters moving away from Labor.READ MORE: Does the Greek vote still count in Australian Federal Elections?“The history is that a lot of Greeks who came here who were working in factories and the like tended to be Labor voters as a general rule,” he said.“But there are others who went into small business who had different views. As the generations change, as the kids of more migrants become more professionalised, you see that voting practices don’t necessarily echo those of their parents, they became more like the rest of the community.”Furthermore Senator Sinodinos believes the Liberal Party must still continue to appeal to Greek Australian voters.“We have to promote the values we stand for”, he said. “We stand for family, we stand for business and giving back to the community. These are all things that Greek Australians identify with quite closely. So I think it’s a matter of reiterating our key messages.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Media Statement pic.twitter.com/1r3Mg7iCuJ— Arthur Sinodinos AO (@A_Sinodinos) May 26, 2019last_img read more

Diabetes Walk needs to attract right people Testing today

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 14, 2016 – Diabetes is greatly impacting the quality of life for islanders and too many do not even know it, too many are not actively working to be aware or to be healthier.Once the scores of runners and walkers were back to the start point of the Wrightfully Fit Charity Walk & Run yesterday evening, we got to speak to some of the experts on site.  John Wright, fitness man and founder of the eight year old event which supports the Diabetes Association said the fundraiser is not a money making venture for him, it is a fitness awareness function for islanders to live healthier, happier lives – he said not enough of those people are coming out.“There’s a full moon, the stars are out, people are out supporting this, the only people who aren’t here, are the people who should be here, people who have diabetes,people who have type 2 diabetes, childhood obesity, people who have kids who are overweight, they’re not here.  There’s a big expat community here, there’s a big tourist community here participating, the people who should be here, are not here.” – John WrightPresident of the TCI Diabetes Association, Elaine Clare shared a similar perspective and said that is why her team will be at all Grace Bay Pharmacies, Flamingo Pharmacy, Family Care Pharmacy and at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center giving free glucose testing, handing out monitors and providing pamphlets, because people are unaware.   “Very very prevalent, and it is heartbreaking, to know the numbers that we have here.  And a lot of people are walking around with high blood sugars, and they don’t know that they have high blood sugars and that they are diabetics.”Dr. Sam Slattery said it boils down to diet and exercise and the biggest enemy of our islands, of our world – SUGAR.  “Sugar snuck into our diet all over the world and it’s not unique to the Turks and Caicos.  Here’s what I tell all my patients, firstly don’t give your children sugar.  You want to look at all the processed foods that you’re eating because it’s almost guaranteed to have high fructose corn syrup in it, and I’ll be happy to say it’s a poisonous substance, definitely leads to diabetes.”Today is World Diabetes Day, free testing at the sites starts at 10am; you should go so that you know. Related Items:last_img read more

Tabarez We wanted to play against France and Brazil

first_imgThe Uruguay manager spoke to the press after losing against France, he revealed his squad was eager to play these matches.As Uruguay just finished another international break with a Europe tour that involved matches against Brazil and France, manager Oscar Washington Tabarez spoke about the importance of these matches.In all the years that he has been able to coach the Uruguay side through the many generations of players he’s managed, the ‘Maestro’ has been able to maintain a certain level of performance that has kept Uruguay at the very top of South America’s best squads and matches like the ones they just played are the ones that help them stay there.With a new generation of players coming to replace the old guard, Tabarez needs to teach every single one of them to keep that competitive spirit alive and playing against the likes of Brazil or France is what will do the trick for them.Even if they lost against both sides, Tabarez is convinced that this experience will be just as rewarding as playing a major competition because the other squads played at the top of their game against them.📽️ Luego del encuentro ante Francia en el Stade de France por fecha FIFA, Oscar Tabárez atendió a los medios en conferencia de prensa:https://t.co/6eNjG2kPjd pic.twitter.com/nqxLQgJX1q— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) November 21, 2018“We have to know which squads we came to play against in Europe, Brazil, and France. We had been waiting to play these matches for a long time, but many important players weren’t able to be here,” said Tabarez via the Uruguay Football Federation official website.“However, this experience was great so we could evaluate how the replacements of these absent players responded.”“These matches are obviously played in order to get a positive result, we couldn’t get it this time but we are not leaving empty-handed because we got many positive conclusions from both matches.”“We still have time to keep experimenting in these matches, games that will always leave a learning experience. We have a base of players and we try to adapt the game with other types of profiles.”“I’ve never enjoyed losing four matches in a row, but winning wouldn’t have meant anything either. Sometimes you learn more from defeats than from winning a game, victory can sometimes be an illusion,” he added.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.#FRAURU | Resumen de @equipedefrance 1 – 0 @Uruguay disputado en el Stade de France por fecha FIFA: https://t.co/fd8H2WhHTC pic.twitter.com/U3MRMaMVNW— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) November 20, 2018Uruguay has been able to stay afloat under Tabarez due to the manager’s keen eye for talent, he is able to spot the best players from a nation that doesn’t even surpass the 5 million inhabitants and has been able to stay as one of the best football national teams in football history.Without Tabarez, this Uruguay squad wouldn’t be able to play at the same level that many of the most powerful squads in recent history have played.Under the ‘Maestro’, this National Team was able to conquer a Copa America back in 2011 and reached the World Cup semifinal just a year before that.Even if they are not on the same level than they were a few years back, the new generation of players is just as promising as many of those players from those tournaments.The problem for Tabarez will come when both Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez decide to hang up their boots, these players are two of the best strikers in Uruguay’s recent history and they will leave a huge void in the squad after they decide to leave.But Tabarez does have that eye for talent, that has always been good enough to cover a position that one of his best players leaves.#FRAURU | [AUDIO] Luego del encuentro ante @equipedefrance, Oscar Tabárez atendió a los medios en conferencia de prensa en el Stade de France:https://t.co/HNXj3dxZ7a pic.twitter.com/F207GmCJKX— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) November 20, 2018What do you think about Uruguay’s most recent level of performance in major tournaments or international friendlies? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Rush Street Japan to present to university students on tourism industry

first_imgLeaders who are active in the tourism industry will give presentations on IRs, hotels, traditional B&Bs and travel for industry professionals and students looking for a career in the industry.Wakabayashi said, “It is a great honor to speak to students about the important role a new industry like IRs can have on the growth of Japan’s tourism market.”He will explain how IR development can coexist with the local community based on experiences in North America and how it contributes to the tourism industry and local economy. Load More RelatedPosts Leading Asian operators among speakers at joint symposium by Macau University and Rikkyo University Galaxy expands its Japan-Macau Integrated Resort Management Mentorship Scheme Ohta Publications’ Minoru Murakami raises legal awareness within Japan’s hospitality industry Tadashi Wakabayashi, advisor to Rush Street Japan, is scheduled to speak at a symposium held on 9 July titled “Thinking About Japan’s Tourism Business.”The symposium has been co-sponsored by hospitality industry magazine HOTERES and the Toyo University, Faculty of International Tourism Management’s Tourism Professional Course.last_img read more

Delta releases statement in wake of Fort Lauderdale airport shooting expects disruptions

first_img“Stay with news.delta.com and @DeltaNewsHub for the latest information.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Delta Airlines released a statement following Friday’s deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, saying they would work to help stranded passengers and those with canceled flights.Friday’s shooting happened in Terminal 2, which serves both Delta and Air Canada. Police in Alaska said 26-year-old shooter Esteban Santiago flew into the airport from Anchorage with a connection in Minneapolis aboard a Delta flight, although the airline would not confirm Santiago was one of their passengers.“Delta expects flight disruptions in Fort Lauderdale to continue into Saturday and currently is reviewing options to re-accommodate customers out of other terminals and airports, following a shooting in Terminal 2 of the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport midday Friday.“Earlier today, Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian extended his condolences to the people of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County. Delta has cancelled all flights out of Fort Lauderdale today and has delayed Saturday flights until after 9 a.m.“Employees on the ground in Fort Lauderdale are making every effort to assist customers in the airport while the investigation is ongoing. The airline is working closely with local law enforcement to assist customers, friends and family members of those affected by the tragic event. Employee volunteers of the Delta Care Team were also dispatched earlier today to provide further assistance.“Delta has issued a waiver for customers traveling to or from Fort Lauderdale to change their travel plans free of penalty. Customers can check the status of their flight at delta.com.“The airport remains closed, and Terminal 2 will remain closed through Saturday evening but is subject to change. Delta continues to work with local authorities to evaluate when Terminal 2 operations can resume. last_img read more

A Quiet Places Oscarnominated sound guys take on noisy eaters

first_img TV and Movies Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over Oscars 2019 nominations: Black Panther up for Best Picture, 6 other awards Roma best picture Oscar nod finally grants Netflix its big wish When it seems movies are getting louder, is this a timely reminder of the importance of quiet and contrast?Aadahl: Absolutely, one of the trends in not just film but in music is to fill every hole and always have information at all times. What happens then is you get this plateau effect. It’s just this flat sonic experience and the effect can be that audiences tune out. Taking away sounds, actually finding the negative space, subtraction is the key. When you find the valley you can truly appreciate the peak. Hopefully that’s a conversation A Quiet Place has stirred. USA - Portraiture - Ethan Van der RynEnlarge ImageSound editor and designer Ethan Van der Ryn in a editing studio on the Sony lot in Culver City, California.  Ann Johansson Van der Ryn: Just to add to that idea, one of the really interesting things I see happening with this movie is that I think it’s an important movie for people to see in theatres. The sound is so important to the story and to the experience of the movie, and the only way to really experience that correctly is in a really good listening environment. How can we create something that’s so intimate and interactive that the audience really gets sucked into it and feels like they’re a part of it, as supposed to being on a thrill ride? We feel like we’re involved, we feel like we’re there.Has this project made you think about the quality of sound in theaters?Aadahl: There was some discussion about that — what’s it gonna be like in a bad threater? How quiet can we get and will that disappear in a theater that’s not playing at reference levels (industry guidelines for optimum sound levels in the auditorium)? A lot of theaters play much lower than reference level because there has been this race to the edge of the cliff with volume levels in a lot of films, so many theater chains just turn it from seven down to five — that’s not what you wanna do for this film.Van der Ryn: And it’s not a film that’s gonna translate well to watching on your laptop or even just watching on a TV at home.Aadahl: When people watch this on TV at home, we encourage them to shut the door to the kitchen, turn off the dishwasher and the washing machine…First published April 11, 2018.Update, Jan, 22, 2019 at 7:02 a.m. PT: Adds Oscar nomination.Tech Culture: From film and television to social media and games, here’s your place for the lighter side of tech. Technically Literate: Original works of short fiction with unique perspectives on tech, exclusively on CNET. 1 Tagscenter_img Oscar nominations 77 Photos Horror movie A Quiet Place made a lot of noise in 2018. Not only was it a box office smash in the US, but now it’s earning Oscars buzz for its sound editing.Much of the film plays out in heart-stopping near-silence as writer, director and star John Krasinski joins Emily Blunt to battle vicious monsters possessing a keen sense of hearing — which makes sound a matter of life or death. The Oscar nomination, announced Tuesday, goes to sound editors Ethan Van der Ryn, who has previously won two Oscars for sound editing, and Erik Aadahl, who has been nominated for sound editing Oscars. They were responsible for what they call the “amazing alchemy” of sound and silence that draws us into the inner worlds of the story’s embattled family members. Krasinski has called the film a “sound designer’s dream.”CNET spoke with Aadahl and Van der Ryn last year before the film’s release. Here is the conversation.Q: How did you approach the unusual sound for A Quiet Place, where we go inside the head of each character — and even the monster — to hear only what they hear in their little bubble?Erik Aadahl: John [Krasinski] coined the term “sonic envelope”. The very first thing we worked on was the opening, and that was our pitch to John — let’s go right into the daughter’s head, something we can continue through the film, and then it pays off nicely at the end. For the daughter, who is deaf, we have her cochlear implant envelope [when we hear only what she hears through her hearing aid], but then we also have her envelope in which you turn the implant off and we go to complete absolute silence. To me that’s the boldest risk all of us took. In a strange way silence is more terrifying than any sound you can put in there. It’s really unsettling. My wife and I went to see the film with an audience over the weekend, and the whole theater was holding its breath during those moments — everyone’s terrified of making the tiniest little sound, and in a way that made the audience really a part of the film.Is this film your revenge on noisy popcorn eaters? Aadahl: Yeah, they will become the hunted by fellow moviegoers if they’re opening up their little candy wrapper [laughs]. Enlarge ImageJohn Krasinski directed and co-wrote A Quiet Place, starring with Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe in a story about a family that has to stay silent to survive. Jonny Cournoyer When do sound designers normally join the production process, and was the process different for A Quiet Place?Ethan Van der Ryn: We tend to work on a lot of big visual effects films, and on those, we come in very early in the process. On a number of films we’ve done in the last two years we’ve started doing our work before the movies have even been greenlit — we’ll do a lot of sound design work for pre-viz presentation to screen for money people.For this movie there was an initial meeting with John Krasinski before the movie had been shot to start talking about some ideas, but then we didn’t start doing our work until after all the shooting had happened and there was a first cut of the movie. It actually turned out to be a fairly condensed schedule compared to what we’re used to. It was kind of nice just to work fast and there wasn’t a lot of time for the studio to second-guess everything or water it down. We could take a lot of bold chances and not second-guess ourselves. What kind of bold chances did you take in this film that you might not taken elsewhere?Van der Ryn: We took music out through a lot of sections, which allowed the sound really to become a character and act in a way that it really sucks the audience into the experience. nullEnlarge ImageEmily Blunt stars with young actor Millicent Simmonds, who is herself deaf, in A Quiet Place. Jonny Cournoyer How did the music people feel about the music being stripped out?Aadahl: They were incredibly gracious. We’ve collaborated with Marco Beltrami a number of times — on I, Robot [and] more recently we did World War Z with him and also The Shallows. Marco is a consummate storyteller. He thinks in the big picture. Some composers don’t listen to the sound design when they’re working and refining their composition, but Marco does.Van der Ryn: When we talk about sound, we’re talking about all the sound, including music, and so we need to treat it all together holistically.Aadahl: It’s funny that when you do choose not to play music for these big stretches, when it does arrive it’s 100 times more impactful and powerful. The same way where you strip out sound and then play a sound, it’s more impactful.Your previous credits include blockbusters like the Transformers movies and various big action films with lots of explosions and wall-to-wall sound. Having done this film, would you consider using silence as a tool in other movies?Van der Ryn: Absolutely. I feel like some of the ideas we’re exploring in this film we’ve been trying to explore for years. In a lot of big studio movies there’s so much convention of how to play a movie that’s become very ingrained. It’s tough to get away from wanting to drive action scenes, for instance, with a lot of big music. I think you can find in our work on some of the big movies moments where we’ve been able to explore introducing moments of silence. It’s all about creating contrast to get power. Comment Filmmakerslast_img read more