We cherish family bonds: Irfan

first_imgMumbai, June 1: Cricketer Irfan Pathan says his family cherishes bonds and their values very dearly. Cricketers and brothers Yusuf and Irfan Pathan shot for an episode of the dance reality show “High Fever…Dance ka Naya Tevar”, a statement said. Sharing his thoughts about being on the show, Irfan said: “Hailing from a joint family ourselves, we cherish family bonds and family values very dearly and this show is surely making family bonds stronger with dance.”Instead of sharing few dance moments on stage, the brothers played cricket in a slow-motion style. “High Fever… Dance ka Naya Tever” is aired on &TV. IANSlast_img read more

EC investigates Bundesland casino tax regimes

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Share The European Commission has confirmed this week that it will investigate German state regulatory frameworks attached to land-based casino taxation policy to assess whether certain tax grants favour state-owned operators.Confirming its investigation, the EC details that it has received several complaints branding Bundesland (German state) tax grants and guarantees offered to ‘public casinos’ as forms of state aid, breaching European Union business laws.Furthermore, the EC will assess whether additional state-level tax charges placed on the ‘economic capabilities’ of private casino operators have created an unequal marketplace for competition.At present, there are 65 land-based casinos operating in Germany, of which half are owned or part-owned by Bundesland authorities.Under existing regulatory frameworks, individual German states have the authority to set individual licensing conditions and operator taxation rates within their respective Bundesland ‘Casino Acts’.Of particular concern, the EC will investigate the Bundesland of North Rhine-Westphalia’s adaptation of its ‘Casino Act’, which is alleged to have granted numerous tax concessions to state-backed operator Westspiel GMBH, which allow the operator to secure its market dominance across the region.EC officials confirm that individual parties and wider stakeholders will be allowed the opportunity to submit comments and information with regards to assisting its investigation on German casino taxation. Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020last_img read more

Employment equity body named

first_img28 July 2005Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has expressed confidence at the establishment of a second Commission for Employment Equity.He said that the appointment of the commission, to be chaired by Jimmy Manyi, would add impetus to the quest of achieving equality in the country’s workplaces.The commission’s members are Marlene Bossett and Lebogang Montjane from business, Tefo Raditapole and Neva Makgetla from organised labour, Mzolisi kaToni and Khulu Mbongo from the community sector, and Alfred Tau representing the state.Like the first commission – appointed in 1999 under the leadership of Mapule Ramashala – the second commission is mandated to advise the minister on codes of good practice, regulations, policy and other matters concerning the Employment Equity Act.Mdladlana said the establishment of the commission came at a time when compliance with the law was moving too slowly, with recent statistics indicating that blacks, African women and disabled people were still discriminated against in relation to appointments to influential positions.“The new commission will develop, adopt and implement strategies that vigorously respond to the very slow pace at which we are reaching the overall objectives of the Act,” Mdladlana said.He said his department was balancing enforcement of employment equity compliance with strengthening collaboration with social partners, as well as aligning employment equity with broad-based black economic empowerment, skills development and preferential procurement.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Use Broken Equipment for Creative Results

first_imgDon’t throw that broken video gear in the trash! Get creative and turn your busted film equipment into a valuable new tool.Not long ago, I woke up to a loud bang and the sound of splintered glass. I knew exactly what it was. Earlier that day, I had to offload photos from a job, and I didn’t remove my ND filter from the camera. I also didn’t put the camera back in the gear bag. In my slumber, I had knocked my DSLR off my bedside cabinet.The DSLR and attached lens were fine. The variable ND filter? Not so much. It was cracked right down the center, from one side to the other.The ExperimentFrom my very first DSLR to my very first cinema camera, this variable ND filter had been the one consistent accessory that survived the transition with each new gear change. So, I was somewhat disappointed that I had to say goodbye to it. Before throwing the filter in the trash, I decided to see how much of the damage would show up in pictures and in video. Well, as you can see above, the results were surprisingly fantastic.At first, there was no noticeable difference, which was a good thing. But as soon as direct light touched the cracked filter, a sporadic flare grew across the screen. It was like lens whacking, but without the removal of the lens. Plus, the entire subject remained in focus.The InspirationI’ve been a big fan of Bruno Aveillan’s commercial work for as long as I can remember, and he’s always had this stylistic element within his work — an organic lens flare that displaces a portion of the image. While this isn’t exactly the same effect, it has similar elemental detail, as you can see in the video below.The following video from videographer Zach Ashcraft features a compilation of clips shot with a broken lens.Ashcraft said there was a large crack within the front element. As you can see from the results, the images are hazy, almost as if shot through a misting filter. There’s a lot of flaring, which is something cinematographers usually aim to avoid. However, on the flip side, it’s creating something unique.It would be put to great use in a dream sequence or perhaps a music video. The opportunities are endless — even though most are very quick to throw something away as soon as it’s damaged.Inflicting DIY DamageNow, I’m not suggesting you pick up a chisel from your garage and start hacking away at your lens collection. You can, however, find a cheap UV filter online and create some self-inflicted damage yourself.To replicate the variable ND damage, I found two incredibly cheap UV filters for £3/$5 each. These will sit on top of each other much like the variable ND (which is just two polarizers on top of each other).Gently warm the glass of the top filter (or just the solo filter, if you’ve only bought one). Then, with the end of a long screwdriver, tap the glass repeatedly until it splinters and cracks. The goal here is to make sure the glass doesn’t completely break away, but rather cracks in one, or, in this case, several directions (as seen in the cover image). Every cracked filter will give you a completely different look.If you’re looking for additional DIY video production tips, the PremiumBeat blog’s got what you need.Got any experience repurposing broken video gear? Share your story in the comments below.last_img read more

Creamline grounds Air Force for 3-0 start

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Tiamzon relishes return to form in win over Adamson Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro said his team didn’t play at its fullest in the third set and the coaching staff had to remind the players to pick up the intensity in the fourth.“Well I saw that they started off properly in the fourth set and they upped the intensity right away,” said Almadro.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We started right in the third set but we didn’t have that much intensity so we told them to pick it up, start it properly and end it properly.”Alyssa Valdez led the Cool Smashers with 23 points while Rosemarie Vargas and Pau Soriano combined for 21 points. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline continued its impressive start in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference after stopping Philippine Air Force, 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-12, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Cool Smashers joined Pocari atop the ladder with identical 3-0 cards while the Lady Jet Spikers are in .500 territory with a 1-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jia Morado, who had 71 excellent sets in her previous performance, had 36 assists this time.Iari Yongco led the Lady Jet Spikers with 18 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly credits Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli for including Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Eden Test

first_imgBhuvneshwar Kumar became the first Indian pacer to bag a 5 wicket haul at home in three years to bring the Kiwis to their knees at Eden Gardens. Former Indian skipper Sourav Gangly has credited the captain Kohli and coach Kumble for including Bhuvi in the playing XI for this crucial Test. “You have got to give credit to the team management because they made that change after Nagpur. I had said before the start of this Test match that there is going to be help for the pacers on this surface. As soon as the Team Management saw a bit of grass on this pitch they got Bhuvi in who is the right kind of bowler for this surface. When you have pitches with grass I think it is important to put ball in the right areas and that is exactly what Bhuvneshwar Kumar did and that is how he got the purchase out of the surface”, said the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal.”Bhuvi got the ball to come into the right hander and go away from the right hander and he put doubts in the minds of the Kiwi batsmen. I think the wicket of Martin Guptill put a lot doubt in the Kiwi batsmen as it just climbed from a length. This wicket has enough pace and carry as we have seen in the first two days of the Test match and I think Bhuvi was exceptional”, added Ganguly. (Also read: Comeback-man Bhuvneshwar Kumar repays Virat Kohli’s faith again with five-wicket haul) Bhuvi sat on the sidelines in the opening match of the series in Kanpur and Sourav has credited Bhuvi for his temperament. Ganguly told India Today, “What stands out for me regarding Bhuvi is that every time he gets the chance he stands up. Think about the Test match in West Indies when they picked him for the 3rd Test after leaving him out of the first two, he came in and picked 5 wickets. Again they left him out and brought him back in Kolkata against New Zealand and he again got 5 wickets. It shows volumes of his attitude and volumes of his temperament and something which the other fast bowlers need to learn.” Having sat out of the first 2 Test in the Caribbean, Bhuvi starred with a 5-wicket haul in Gros Islet to lead India to victory. He also finished in the West Indies series as India’s most economical bowler. Former India spinner Nikhil Chopra believes Bhuvi must start for India in every Test. “If the ball swings fair enough, but the channel that he bowls on is incredible as he is always creating doubts in the batsman’s mind and he does not give away freebees. He does not give width outside the off stump for the batsmen to free their arms. He has understood the good length area and always looks to hit the top of off-stump and that good length area changes for every pitch. He puts it in the corridor of uncertainty and is bowling like a seasoned pro. For me Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got to be there and play every Test for India”, said Nikhil. (Also read: Kolkata Test: Five-star Bhuvneshwar dismantles New Zealand after India’s 316) Dada also credited the sporting Eden pitch. The last time an Indian pacer claimed a 5-for at home was also at Eden by Shami against the West Indies in 2013-14.  “I think Eden has a sporting wicket and this was the best we have had in the last 3 or 4 years. Shami got lot of wickets in 2013-14 at Eden and that had a lot to do with reverse swing. But this surface with the new ball there was bounce and carry and this will help spinners from Day 3 and Day 4. This is probably the best wicket we have had at Eden Gardens as we saw deliveries which continued to rise over Saha and you hardly get to see that in these sort of conditions. It is a wicket that has bounce, yes there were those deliveries which kept low because it is a new surface, but once it starts settling down it is going to be a consistently pacy pitch right throughout the Test match. It has been a good wicket as you need to put your head down to get runs on these sort of wickets”, said Sourav. (Also read: Bhuvneshwar Kumar rates Ross Taylor’s scalp as the best among five) Since his debut in 2013 Bhuveshwar Kumar has featured in 14 Tests for India. During this period Bhuvi has emerged as India’s leading pacer in terms of both strike rate and average.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more