The debut edition of the Bear Creek Bayou Festival took place last weekend, bringing a glorious day of funk to New Orleans music lovers. After hours, fans made their way over to The Republic, for a special “Funk Court” late night hosted by electrofunk duo, The Floozies.New Orleans is one of the world’s music meccas, and brothers Matt and Mark Hill welcomed a number of special guest performers for the show. Keyboard legend John Medeski, sax demon Skerik, and Lettuce’s Jesus Coomes and Ryan Zoidis all joined in the party for a packed house celebration. The Flooizes Live Band had the walls shaking and the dance floor packed, as the laser lit spectacle shined from the stage.Our own Rex Thomson was on hand to film the festivities, giving us an unique look into this special collaboration. Enjoy!Here’s the full band closing down the first set with an down and dirty jam:After the set break, The Floozies started things off jamming and slowly reintroduced their guests. Here’s Skerik and Ryan Zoidis joining them for some looping jams that had the crowd raging:We can’t wait to catch these musicians at Brooklyn Comes Alive festival on October 22nd, with 50+ musicians spanning three venues in the heart of Williamsburg. All four of the live band members from this show, including John Medeski, Jesus Coomes, Skerik, and Ryan Zoidis, are featured players on the BCA lineup! Between the DRKWAV set to some of the funky tributes and jams that are scheduled throughout the day, this is going to be one seriously fun day of music! Check out more information here.
continue reading » The National Credit Union Administration’s recent proposed rule on federally insured credit union combinations with banks and other non-credit unions would establish new corporate governance rules for these transactions if it is finalized.NCUA already has similar rules for mergers of a FICU with another credit union, for mergers of a FICU into a bank, and for conversion of a FICU to a mutual savings bank or to a privately insured credit union, but the agency has not previously established regulations applicable to credit unions acquiring non-credit unions.These combinations most commonly involve a credit union acquiring a bank or some of the bank’s branches through a purchase and assumption transaction where the credit union purchases the bank’s assets and assumes its liabilities in the functional equivalent of a merger.If finalized as proposed, the new NCUA rule would require directors of federally insured credit unions to vote on whether to go forward with a credit union’s proposed combination with a non-credit union, meaning that the decision to acquire a bank could not be made by the credit union’s management alone. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The newly reconstructed West Front Street bridge, also known as Hubbard’s Bridge, will be closed to all motor vehicle traffic for two weeks beginning Wednesday, August 12 at 6 a.m.The announcement was posted by Monmouth County officials Friday.The bridge joining River Plaza in Middletown with Red Bank over the Swimming River had re-opened to traffic mid-May following a $12.9 million renovation that spanned many months. Since then, construction crews have continued to work on the bridge as cars move slowly across the span. But now a full closure is necessary for utility relocation work and intersection reconstruction, they say.Officials hope the bridge will be re-opened on August 26, prior to Labor Day weekend and the start of the school year.In Red Bank, on the eastern side of the bridge, the intersection of Shrewsbury Avenue, Rector Place and West Front Street will be closed so the contractor can complete the reconstruction of the intersection. Eastbound traffic will be detoured from West Front Street to Bridge Avenue to State Highway 35 (crossing Cooper Bridge) to Navesink River Road; traffic will then continue to Hubbard Avenue to Carpenter Street to Applegate Street. Detour signs will be posted along the route.In Middletown, the intersection of Hubbard Avenue at West Front Street will be closed for the reconstruction of the intersection. Westbound traffic will be detoured to Applegate Street to Foster Street to Hubbard Avenue to Navesink River Road to State Highway 35 South (crossing Cooper Bridge) to Bridge Avenue to Monmouth Street to Shrewsbury Avenue.The new bridge is a 488-foot long steel girder bridge built to the north of the previous West Front Street Bridge, originally scheduled for April 2016 completion, said county offiials.
Computer-generated visual effects are useful, but they aren’t perfect for every shot. Learn how models and good cinematography can create great visuals.With a decent camera, some elbow grease, and ingenuity, you can create a wonderful photographic illusion. Take my word for it – I just built my first miniature, and I think the shot works well. Let’s take a look at how you can rely on models and solid filmmaking to get the effects you want — without relying completely on your computer. The inspiration for this occurred to me recently as I was looking through a book by L.B. Abbott called Special Effects – Wire, Tape and Rubber Band Style and saw a couple examples of in-camera effects shots. One was a “glass painting” and the other a “hanging miniature.” These were nifty “trick shot” techniques that filmmakers used prior to the advent of the optical printer. These shots involved creating composites with separate elements in post production.Image: Ted Withers working on a “glass painting.”A glass shot is an outdoor technique using a large pane of glass between the camera and the background — the glass serves as the painter’s “canvas.” Filmmakers align the glass with some topographical element that needs enhancement: a sky replacement, a distant city, or (in this case) an Italian villa.The Germans were especially adept at in-camera effects shots, Fritz Lang’s incredible Metropolis is a monumental photographic achievement. In addition to glass paintings and hanging miniatures, Metropolis made extensive use of the Schüfftan process, a technique that involves a front surface mirror placed at a 45-degree angle to the camera. The mirror reflects a miniature or a painting with an area scraped clean to reveal the live action. Pretty heady stuff for 1927.A hanging miniature is a model suspended between the camera and the background to pull off a big-time illusion without a big-time build. A hanging miniature gives the director more time in the day for the shot because the light and shadow will correspond to the live-action background.I’m building a hybrid hanging miniature. Instead of hanging it with the pick points out of the camera’s view, I’m mounting the lightweight miniature on a blue rod I can key out.The blue patches on the face of the miniature will allow the real roof to “print through” and help the blend. You’ll need to shoot the shot without the model first. You will use this clean shot later to fill in the blue patches and replace the mounting rod.My loadout for this project: LUMIX GH4, 25mm lens, f 14, ISO 800 = 96fpsI needed less than fifty dollars of craft supplies to construct this 1/16th scale (3/4″ to 12″) miniature.In the old days, this model would have hung from thin wires or adhered to a large pane of glass.Adding patina to the miniature. Finessing the miniature so that it blends with the background can be the most important and time-consuming part of the entire process.Here’s the finished product after three test shots and many rounds of supplemental degradation of the miniature. It started to look pretty good after the failed fire test almost destroyed the model.Mark Vargo, ASC started his career in VFX, with his first credit going to The Empire Strikes Back. He joined the team at ILM to work on the films Raiders of the Lost Ark, Dragonslayer, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Return of the Jedi. He continued working in VFX, earning an Oscar nomination for his work on Ghostbusters.In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he shifted focus to working as a director of photography, leading the Second Unit on films like The Green Mile, The Patriot, 3:10 to Yuma, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
The Galaxy A-series has been a kind of experimental lineup for Samsung over the past couple of years. In order to bolster sales of its mid-range line to take on the likes of OnePlus, Samsung has been introducing new technologies to Galaxy A phones before bringing it to its flagship Galaxy S line. That’s never been more true than with the Galaxy A80, which is Samsung’s newest premium mid-range phone that packs a few new technologies that includes a pop-up rotating camera.Samsung has launched a handful of Galaxy A-series phones this year already that includes the Galaxy A10, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A50, Galaxy A70 and now the Galaxy A80. With these phones, Samsung wants to provide a Galaxy A device in ever price range from entry-level to premium mid-range. The Galaxy A80 is the cream of the crop as it touts a pop-up rotating camera, a notch-less, hole-less display, a premium glass body and a brand new Snapdragon mid-range chipset, among other things.I spent a brief time with the Galaxy A80 at the sidelines of the launch and here are my first impressions.There is no doubt that the Galaxy A80 is a premium phone the moment you look at it. On the front, you see a display with practically no bezels or notch, and on the back, you get a reflective 3D curved glass panel that is offered in black, pink and blue colours. It’s unclear whether Samsung is using Gorilla Glass 6 here, but the glass feels solid and the rounded corners make it easy to grip what is a pretty large phone.advertisement But the most striking part about the Galaxy A80 is the top of the rear panel. There is a visible slit that separates the top strip from the rest of the panel. Even the colour shade is a touch darker on the top to make the distinction more visible. Right on the top is a wide, band-aid-shaped module that houses a triple camera setup. It does give the device a unique look, but we will have to wait and see how consumers react to the design.The top part of the panel rises up only when using the selfie mode in the camera app. The mechanism automatically slides up and the entire camera module sitting within rotates or flips to the front simultaneously. Both the sliding and rotating mechanisms work seamlessly to make sure the camera module doesn’t scrape against the panel as it rises. Once you exit the selfie mode, the slider will retreat while the camera module flips to the back.As there are more moving parts than usual, it does take over a second for the mechanism to rise up, rotate the cameras and get into position for selfies. It is slower compared to typical pop-up cameras of say an Oppo or Vivo phone, but it will unlikely bother you as it won’t be required for face unlock. The A80 does not offer face unlock at all, but you do get an optical in-display fingerprint sensor.The rotating camera design does have its advantages as well. Firstly, it removes the need for Samsung to add a notch or a punch-hole on the display for a dedicated selfie camera. Secondly, with the ability of the camera to rotate, you can use the powerful primary cameras for high-quality selfies.And the camera setup on the Galaxy A80 sounds powerful indeed. The phone gets a 48MP f/2.0 primary camera for crisp and detailed high-res photos. Samsung hasn’t mentioned whether it’s using a Sony IMX586 sensor or its own GM1 sensor. The other two cameras include an 8MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera and a ToF (Time of Flight) camera for depth mapping. Thanks to the rotatory design, all three rear cameras can be used for high quality selfies. The camera also supports Super Steady video mode, Scene Optimiser and Flaw Detection, among other things.The pop-up camera is certainly going to be the most analysed part of the Galaxy A80. It’s too soon to tell how the system will hold up over time compared to phones with just a pop-up camera, especially considering the possibility of dust and minute particles seeping in and getting lodged in the rotating mechanism.The Galaxy A80 is also Samsung’s first phone to come with the New Infinity display. This is Samsung’s proprietary display that offers no notch or hole punch, allowing for an immersive multimedia experience. The 6.7-inch FHD+ (2400×1080) Super AMOLED display is all-screen with a large screen-to-body ratio.advertisement At first sight, the display looks great with vibrant and punchy colours and a large, distraction-free screen that would make watching videos and playing games a delight. Because of the size of the display, the phone itself is quite large and unwieldy. One-handed use will be a difficult task despite working with Samsung’s redesign One UI software. The phone is also fairly thick at 9.3mm, which is probably due to the sliding camera mechanism.Notably, the Galaxy A80 is also the first phone to come with Qualcomm’s newest mid-range processor, the Snapdragon 730G. Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 730 and 730G just a few hours ahead of the launch of the Galaxy A80. It is an octa-core processor built on an 8nm process. The basic difference between the SD730 and SD730G is that the latter is a gaming-focused chipset with a slightly faster GPU clock speed.This also means that Samsung is pushing the Galaxy A80 as a gaming phone. The new Snapdragon 730G chipset coupled with a large bezel-less display should make for an exciting gaming phone, but I couldn’t test any games in my brief hands-on time with the device. In my brief time with the device, apps opened swiftly with fast animations and no visible lag.Samsung’s latest Galaxy A phones run on One UI based on Android Pie, which is especially useful for the Galaxy A80. One UI offers a redesign UI that brings the interactive elements to the bottom half of the display for easier accessibility. One UI also brings a system-wide Night mode, which looks great on the Galaxy A80’s all-screen display.The Galaxy A80 houses a 3,700mAh battery, which is smaller compared to most Galaxy A devices launched this year. However, the A80 does come with an intelligent battery that will learn your daily routine and app usage to optimise the phone’s power consumption. Additionally, the device supports 25W fast charging, so charging up the device should be happen quickly.Lastly, the Galaxy A80 does not come with a headphone jack or an earpiece. Instead, Samsung is using an acoustic sound system that will emit sound through the display. The A80 offers a single speaker grille on the bottom and Type-C port for charging or for wired headphones.Overall, the Galaxy A80 looks like an intriguing smartphone from Samsung. It certainly brings a lot of innovative elements like a pop-up rotating camera and full-screen display. The Galaxy A80 looks and feels like a flagship phone that is being offered at a mid-range price. Samsung is yet to announce when the Galaxy A80 will come to India, but it will most certainly launch in the country soon enough.The reporter’s travel and stay in Bangkok has been arranged by Samsung<br />
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Genk striker Samatta: Facing Liverpool a dream come trueby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveRacingGenk striker Mbwana Ally Samatta admits facing Liverpool was a “dream come true”.Liverpool were comfortable 4-1 winners for Wednesday night’s Champions League encounter.And Tanzania international Samatta said: “As a child I was not a fan of Liverpool, but of the arch rival: Manchester United. “I’m not going to say that I get goose bumps, but it’s so special. “A game like this and to be allowed to play is like a dream, the dream of every boy watching football on television.”
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment After criticism led to its cancellation, SLĀV’s famed director Robert Lepage says the scrapping of the Montreal International Jazz Festival show is a “direct blow to artistic freedom.”The show, performed by lead singer Betty Bonifassi, is described as “a theatrical odyssey based on slave songs,” but critics are calling it cultural appropriation.In a statement released Friday on the Facebook page for Ex Machina, Lepage’s production company, the director said that if it were up to him, the show would still be running. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement In many of his other shows that addressed injustices involving “specific cultural groups,” Lepage says he was never accused of cultural appropriation or racism. (Christian Côté/Radio-Canada) Twitter Advertisement
VANCOUVER, B.C. – ICBC is launching into telematics research with a new pilot, this time inviting as many as 7,000 drivers with less than five years of experience to see how telematics technology can improve their driving and make B.C. roads safer.ICBC says its rates are under considerable pressure in part from a significant increase in crashes.According to the Provincial Insurance Company, new drivers are 5.6 times more at risk of getting into a crash and for that crash to be severe than those with 20 years of driving experience. “Starting September 2019, inexperienced drivers will be paying more to better reflect this risk as part of the recent changes to rate fairness. This pilot is an opportunity to assess if telematics can measurably improve driver behaviour and help offset that impact in the future by decreasing the demographic’s risk of being in a crash.”ICBC says results from the first telematics pilot earlier this year that focused on the technology’s usability found that over 40 percent of participants saw improvements in their driving by using the technology, and nearly three-quarters recommended that ICBC explore its use further, particularly for inexperienced drivers.In early 2019, ICBC will confirm a vendor that will provide the technology for the pilot through a Negotiated Request for Proposal process, and participant sign-up will begin in the spring. The pilot will launch in the summer with incentives for drivers while collecting driver feedback and driving behaviour data for one year.ICBC is looking for participants in the Novice Stage of the Graduated Licensing Program or with less than five years of experience as a fully licensed driver from across B.C.If you are interested in participating in this pilot program, you can visit icbc.com/driverpilot
“Those regulations are definitely there for a reason, but we were trying to come up with a better model,” he said.Dedicated infrastructure corridors have had success in other jurisdictions, including Europe and Australia, Fellows said.Pipelines are very good at generating economic benefits at both ends of the line, and not so much in the middle _ but roads, rail, electricity and telecom can help people all along the route, Fellows said.“You might not make everyone 100-per-cent happy, but the goal is to try to make everyone a little bit happier than they are now,” said Fellows, who co-wrote the paper with Andrei Sulzenko. OTTAWA, O.N. – The notion of a pan-Canadian corridor dedicated to rail, power lines and pipelines has been around for at least half a century but it looks like it’s about to get a big publicity boost.Last week, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer used a major pre-election policy speech to dust off a similar idea. Scheer promised, if he wins October’s election, that he would to work towards establishing a cross-country “energy corridor.”He said planning for the route would be done up front, in consultation with provinces and Indigenous communities. A right-of-way would make it easier to lower environmental assessment costs, improve certainty for investors and increase the chances more projects will be built, Scheer said. Interest in a coast-to-coast corridor has picked up in recent years. Energy infrastructure proposals have failed to secure approval due to tough regulatory processes and community concerns over environmental impacts.For instance, the shortage of pipeline capacity out of oil-rich Alberta has created a bottleneck that’s harmed both the provincial and national economies. Sellers have had to sell at deep discounts because there simply isn’t the transportation capacity to get oil to willing buyers.In the last few years, a few academics and senators have recommended the federal government give the corridor concept a serious look, even though making it happen would be a big, multi-jurisdictional undertaking.Scheer’s pitch appears to have drawn inspiration from a 2016 University of Calgary paper that offered possible solutions through a northern corridor for transportation and infrastructure.G. Kent Fellows, who co-authored the report, said the right-of-way could be used for roads, rail, pipelines, electricity transmission lines and telecommunications. The study’s proposed 7,000-kilometre corridor would also serve communities well north of the existing east-west routes that run closer to the U.S. border. In concept, a main line and offshoots would connect ports in northern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories to Churchill, Man., eastern Quebec and Labrador.The hurdles of consultations and regulatory oversight for new projects are significant, Fellows said. The creation of a corridor could take decades, or even half a century, and a “back of the envelope” calculation estimates it could cost something like $100 billion, Fellows said.The study caught the attention of a Senate committee, which took a closer look at the concept in 2016 and 2017.In a 2017 report of its own, the committee called the corridor idea a “visionary, future-oriented infrastructure initiative” that would create significant economic opportunities for Canada and help develop northern regions.“Because an initiative of this scale and scope would likely take decades to complete, the federal government _ on a priority basis _ should ensure that a feasibility study on the proposed northern corridor is undertaken,” said the committee report.Senators recommended the government dedicate up to $5 million to the University of Calgary to support further research into the corridor.The committee report noted how a 1971 report by Richard Rohmer _ an air-force veteran of D-Day who became a prominent land-use lawyer with the ear of governor general Roland Michener _ proposed the development of a “mid-Canada” corridor, recommending federal, provincial and territorial governments make it an urgent priority. Rohmer imagined a massive transportation network for goods and people could turn communities such as Flin Flon, Whitehorse and High Level into major new urban centres.The report was presented then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau but the committee said his government never moved forward on the idea.Christopher Ragan, a McGill University professor, said he recalls the University of Calgary corridor study and he thinks it’s “quite a striking idea” that makes a lot of sense.Ragan, who served on federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s economic advisory panel, said he’s glad Scheer has taken up the concept of a corridor and bringing it to the public’s attention as a serious idea.On climate change, Ragan said the country will want to find ways to get through tough approval processes to run more east-west energy grids. For example, he said clean electricity could move from British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba into Alberta, Saskatchewan and parts of Ontario to help displace fossil-fuel generation.Ragan is also head of the Ecofiscal Commission, a group of academics focused on economic and environmental solutions.“I don’t frankly care whether it’s an old idea or a new idea _ but it is a new idea in terms of a real-world, policy practical discussion … It’s good that you actually have politicians starting to talk about this.”