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Fort St. John municipal tax rate decreases in 2015

first_imgWhen it comes to the tax rate of homeowners, Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman says that is based on how each residential property fared in the latest B.C. Assessment.“If you own a home that has decreased in assessment than your taxes will drop,” explains Mayor Ackerman. “If you own a home that stayed neutral than your taxes will drop. If your home increased in value, depending on how much it increased, your taxes could increase.”Meanwhile, the Peace River Regional District tax requisition increased by about 24 per cent compared to 2014, according to Director of Finance Mike Roy.- Advertisement -Roy says this is in part due to Fort St. John’s assessment being one of the largest – resulting in the district picking up its share of the cost.The province however has yet to release the school tax rate for the year, so a 2014 comparison of total tax rates can not be completed at this point.The tax rate bylaw will now go back to City Council at a later meeting for adoption, and once the school tax rate is received from the province, the tax bills will be generated.Advertisementlast_img read more

Nokia’s Vision of Augmented Reality (Video)

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Augmented Reality, the class of technologies that overlay data on top a user’s view of the real world, is a very hot field right now. Mobile AR apps, like Layar and Wikitude are getting the most attention, but there are other ways Augmented Reality can be implemented beyond the mobile phone.Nokia released a video today that demonstrates how Augmented Reality could be served up using glasses and other fashion accessories. In the video embedded below you’ll see a woman surf the web and post rudimentary IM replies all using her eyeballs. It’s a cool video, but it does raise one big question about AR: how can AR apps best add value to the physical world around us? This Nokia video is eye catching, but it doesn’t answer that question.From the video’s description on YouTube:This concept allows to you to experience immersion and effortless navigation in an Augmented Reality environment. New types of interactions involving near-to-eye displays, gaze direction tracking, 3D audio, 3D video, gesture and touch. Through these new types of social linkages people will be connected in innovative ways between the physical and digital worlds.It’s hands-free and weightless compared to a tablet, no small screen problem as you have on a mobile phone – but is it truly useful? Unlike most other AR apps we’ve seen lately, where the physical world is referenced by the AR – the two seem unrelated here. It takes all kinds, though, and who’s to say how AR will be used?(Also, isn’t this music a little creepy? It sounds bittersweet about the inevitable and yet slightly frightening future.)None the less, we’d love to get our hands on a prototype of this technology to test it – just as soon as it becomes real.Thanks to Rouli Nir for tweeting about this. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts Tags:#Augmented Reality#web center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout marshall kirkpatrick 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Your Crash Course in Assistant Directing

first_imgFrom shooting schedules to protocol on set, assistant directing is a lot more than meets the eye. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you become a qualified 1st AD.Top Image: Penn Badgley and Uma Thurman on set of  The Slap via LA TimesThe assistant director, not to be confused with an assistant to the director, is one of the most integral parts of any functioning production.Side note: The first assistant director is often referred to as the 1st AD or AD for short. On top of all responsibilities below, the AD is also in charge of a department of other assistant directors (2nd AD, 2nd 2nd AD, 3rd AD) and production runners.The AD coordinates all production activity and serves as the liaison from the crew to the creative line on set. It sounds simple when you put it that way — but it’s actually one of the most involved positions in both pre-production and production. Becoming qualified for the job takes lots of patience, practice, and brain power. And multitasking will become your middle name.  Step 1: Break Down the ScriptImage via ShutterstockOnce the script is deemed locked by the writer and director, you will begin breaking it down. Make sure it is the latest version because this process is not one you’ll want to do over. Read the script once for story, then grab your favorite pack of highlighters.You will re-read the script over and over to make note of every aspect that will require attention. This is usually done by dividing it up into the following categories to keep things organized for your department heads: characters, animals, locations, atmosphere, vehicles, props, wardrobe, hair and makeup, special effects, stunts, and sound effects. Use a different colored highlighter for each category when you are reading through, and make sure to create a key for other’s reading your script breakdown.After highlighting and taking notes, you will break the pages down into eighths. A script is broken into eighths to help accurately time the script and decide how much can be filmed each day. You will start at the top of each page and break the script into eight even rows (approximately one inch each). If the scene exceeds eight rows it becomes one page and whatever the remaining eighths are. One page translates to one minute of screen time. If a scene is 3 and 4/8ths of a page, it should translate to approximately 3:30 of screen time and so forth. You will use this information to create a shooting schedule later on. Once you are finished marking up your script, you can create script breakdown sheets — one sheet per scene that summarizes all elements necessary from each department to bring that scene to life. Step 2: Create the Shooting SchedulesYou must first decide how many days your project will take to film, then you can decide in what order you will shoot. When deciding how many days it will take to film, you must establish how many pages you will be shooting per day. Time to pull out the script breakdowns! You will analyze each scene separately to figure out how many days are needed to shoot each scene. For most scripts, it is safe to say you can shoot three to four pages in a twelve-hour day at a reasonable pace, and sometimes up to six or seven pages a day when your crew is an efficient, well-oiled machine. However, be sure to consider extra time when you have animals, children, large crowds, special effects, stunts or location restrictions in your script.Once you’ve decided how many pages you will shoot each day, you will arrive at a total number of shoot days. Make lists of all of your actors, all of your locations, and all of your setups in each location. The setups will be determined by looking at your director of photography’s shot list and communicating with the camera and lighting teams. Now it’s time to schedule your shoot!You want to “shoot-out” actors, locations, and set-ups. If the first and last scene of your film take place at the same location with the same people, it would not make sense to split them up. You would group those scenes together in the schedule to save time and money. This is what is referred to as “shooting-out.” Use your pages-per-scene and pages-per-day total numbers as the outline for your schedule and fill it in aiming to shoot-out your actors, locations, and set-ups.Step 3: Put Together the ‘Day Out of Days’ Image via FilmEscapeThe ‘Day Out of Days’ or the DOOD is a spreadsheet that’s used to tally the number of days each of your cast members will be working.It is arranged as an easy-to-read chart with columns for each day and rows for each cast member. The letters in the grid represent days on set. An “S” is used for the actor’s start day, “W” for a work day, “R” for a rehearsal day, “T” for a travel day, “H” for a holding day, and “F” for the finishing day. The DOOD makes it easy for each actor to see when they will be called to set, and for the producer to see how many days each actor will need to be paid for.Step 4: Become the Timekeeper on SetAs the AD, you are in charge of running the set efficiently, knowing what is going on with each department at all times, and maintaining a positive attitude throughout. Here’s how you’re going to do it:Start out by introducing yourself to every crew member on set. This is important because you must be accessible to the crew, but they need to know who’s boss.Be confident in your abilities, your schedule, and your knowledge of the script. You did plan out the whole shoot after all.Allow time for blocking and rehearsal, but not too much time. When it’s time to roll, be loud with your calls and don’t forget to use your walkie. Standard calls: lock up the set, call for quiet, ask everyone to settle, then roll camera, roll sound, and you’re ready for action.If you are ever running behind, communicate, communicate, communicate. Talk to each department for solutions, and always talk to your director about what is going on.The AD keeps each shoot day running smoothly and on schedule to make sure that the production meets its goals. He or she is in constant communication with the director, letting them know how much time they have left for each shot. When the schedule gets tight, the AD also decides with the director whether it is time to move on to the next shot, or if they can afford to reallot time from another shot to keep going. Want more? Check out this day-in-the-life style interview (via Film Courage) to see 1st AD Joshua Lou Friedman in action:Got any stories about working as an assistant director? Share your tales in the comments below!last_img read more

Valdez stars as Creamline takes down Pocari Sweat

first_imgEl Nido residents told to vacate beach homes “The mindset of the players was to really win and it was a team effort,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro.“Alyssa really leads the team during practices and games and it’s not all Alyssa in the fourth set. Everybody did well,” Almadro added.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 starsValdez was backed up by Pau Soriano and Rosemarie Vargas, who scored 15 and 10 points, respectively.Myla Pablo led the Lady Warriors, who slipped to 3-1, with 26 points but his last two hits went out and was blocked by Soriano. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Creamline gained solo lead in the standings but it has no room for any letup especially with its star captain Valdez likely to miss the team’s last three games due to her commitment with the national team.The national team leaves for its training camp in Japan on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline continued its torrid start after a gutsy win over defending champion Pocari Sweat, 25-15, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Alyssa Valdez unleashed a game-high 30 points to power the Cool Smashers’ fourth victory in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Canadians drub Gilas in Jones Cup opener 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

34th National Games begins with a colourful ceremony

first_imgAn agonising wait of four years and six postponements later, the 34th National Games finally got off with a colourful opening ceremony at the Birsa Munda Athletics Stadium in Ranchi on Saturday.Organisational chaos and mismanagement took some sheen off the opening ceremony but singer Sukhwinder Singh and Bollywood artists Vivek Oberoi and Ameesha Patel’s riveting performances ensured that the spectators were enthralled at the three-hour programme.A spectacular laser show towards the end of the opening ceremony brought the spectators on to their feet in the Mega Sports Complex in the outskirts of the city.The timing of the February 12-26 National Games clashing with the much-awaited Cricket World Cup in the sub-continent proved to be a dampener as the premier multi-discipline competition of the country failed to generate a keen media interest nationwide.As announced earlier, star son of Ranchi, Mahendra Singh Dhoni could not take part in the opening ceremony due to Team India commitments, though performances by Bollywood and local artists, laser shows and spectacular fireworks at the end filled in the void.Amid vociferous chants of Jai Jharkhand, the state’s chief minister Arjun Munda made a sincere appeal to forget about the torrid build-up to the National Games which was in jeopardy having missed deadlines after deadlines.”Chhodo Kal ki batein, kal ki baat purani. Naye daur mein likhenge milkar nayi kahaani Hum hindustani, hum hindustani,” Munda sang the popular song in his speech that saw loud cheers from the crowd.Indian Olympic Association President Suresh Kalmadi was at his usual hyperbole, saying, “10,000 athletes and officials are taking part here. This is world’s best infrastructure.This is going to be the biggest National Games ever. I’m very happy that you have got all the good facilities.”The three-hour opening ceremony began with aerobatics ahead of the formal programme as chief guest Governor of Jharkhand M O H Farook, Kalmadi, Munda and Jharkhand Olympic Association president arrived at the near-packed venue that has a 35,000 seating capacity.With the National Anthem played in the background, floral welcome was showered on the chief guests as the Governor declared the Games open as tricolour balloons were released in the sky while white pigeons were set free.The first hour of the ceremony was all about the march-past of the athletes and speeches by the dignitaries including that of Munda, Kalmadi and Jharkhand Olympic Association President R K Anand, among others. .Jharkhand’s teen sensation and Commonwealth Games archery gold medalist Deepika Kumari started the relay run with the torch from one end of the stadium and passed it on to international pugilist Aruna Mishra.Former Indian women’s hockey captain Sumrai Tete took the torch from Mishra before finally handing it to Olympian hockey player Sylvanus Dung dung.Dung Dung, who was part of the Indian Olympic hockey team that won gold in 1980 Moscow Games, ignited the giant torch as fire crackers lit up the sky.The ‘baby archer’ Deepika, who shot into the limelight at the Commonwealth Games, took the Games oath on behalf of the athletes.There were also folk dances from Jharkhand-Maanbhum Chhau, Paika, Jhumar, Mudar, Kurukh, Karsa portraying the rich cultural heritage of the tribal-dominated eastern state of India.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

a month agoChelsea striker Abraham: My form thanks to teammates and manager

first_imgChelsea striker Abraham: My form thanks to teammates and managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham credits his form to manager Frank Lampard and his teammates.Abraham drew a blank for their Champions League defeat to Valencia last night, but refuses to dwell on the result.”I have to give it (my personal form) to the manager and players,” he said. “I had a little situation against Liverpool where I missed a penalty myself and from there they just supported me and believed in me.”I’m playing with such great players who create chances, so I just have to be in the right place at the right time. It’s always nice to know manager believes in you. Every game you want to do your best for him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Alec Baldwin Gives Voice To Tiger In Circus

first_imgAs the Santa Fe City Council prepares to hold a public hearing tomorrow on a proposed ban on traveling animal acts — just days after a tiger once used by Ringling Bros. circus escaped from a truck and was shot dead in Georgia — actor Alec Baldwin highlights the cruelty of animal circuses in his new PETA campaign.Video: Alec Baldwin Tells the Heartrending Story of a Tiger in a CircusIn the video, the Emmy winner supplies the voice for an abused tiger who is separated from his mother, whipped, and trained to perform bizarre stunts.“Whenever I tried to play, I was whipped, jabbed, or hit with a stick,” Baldwin says in the video. “They made me perform scary tricks, like jumping through rings of fire. I knew what would happen if I didn’t obey. And this happened over and over and over, until I knew there was no escape. Until my spirit was crushed.”Councilor Signe Lindell introduced the bill to ban the use of wild animals such as tigers in circuses and traveling shows in Santa Fe earlier this year, and PETA’s supporters in the city have been vocal in their backing of the measure.PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — notes that while Ringling Bros. shuttered this spring, other circuses that feature cruel animal acts are still touring in Santa Fe and other parts of the country. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended the license of Culpepper & Merriweather Circus (which frequently brings big cats to New Mexico) in 2011 after it demonstrated a “shockingly cavalier attitude” toward the health and safety of animals by failing to hire an attending veterinarian, provide tiger cubs with adequate nutrition, and provide a wounded tiger cub with care and treatment. In addition, while the circus was on tour, a tiger named Delilah gave birth to three cubs who were taken away from her to be raised by a circus worker — two died within weeks of their birth, and a third was later seized by inspectors who found him confined to a dog carrier in the hot cab of a truck.This isn’t the first time that Baldwin has helped PETA oppose cruelty under the big top. His 2012 video exposé of elephants in the circus helped lead to a similar ban on traveling wild-animal acts in his native New York in June.PETA supports animal rights, opposes all forms of animal exploitation, and informs the public on those issues. The group does not directly or indirectly participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office or any political party.last_img read more

5th Annual Spark Womens Conference sees biggestever turnout

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Spark Women’s Leadership Conference was yet again a huge success as it celebrated a big milestone in Fort St. John on Thursday.Conference organizing board chair Jennifer Moore said that this year was the biggest year yet for the conference, which turned five years old in 2018. Moore said that the theme of this year’s conference – Big Impact – was incredibly suitable considering the tremendous impact the conference has had since its inception in 2014. “We know that in the five years of this conference it really has had a big impact, not only on the people in the room but also on the people that they’ve interacted with,” said Moore. “We have a story of someone reconnecting that they haven’t seen since they were just a little girl. Their relationship has blossomed over the last year, the business has developed and she’s actually opening a satellite office on the other side of the country because of a connection she made at Spark.”Moore said that including the CISAL delegation from Colombia and Peru, there were a total of 280 attendees in the room at any time, making it the highest-attended conference so far. Moore said that the conference sold out this year, and that the board’s goal is to increase attendance from local women in the coming years. Key note speakers at this year’s conference included Drew Dudley – famed for his Ted Talk – and LNG Canada’s Susannah Pierce. Moore said that planning for next year’s conference has already started, with the hopes of seeing an even bigger turnout in 2019.last_img read more

Morocco saw more tourists less money in 2013

first_imgRABAT – Morocco welcomed 10.5 million tourists last year, a gain of seven percent, but the money they spent in a country whose cash-strapped government relies on them actually dipped.“The number of tourists who went to Morocco in 2013 reached 10,046,000,” Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad told the official MAP news agency Friday.But ministry figures showed that revenues from non-resident tourists eased 0.5 percent to 57.5 billion dirhams (5.1 billion euros/$6.9 billion). The North African kingdom was badly affected by the financial crisis in Europe, its top trade partner, aggravating the economic challenges facing the government of Islamist premier Abdelilah Benkirane.The rise in arrivals last year was due, notably, to an influx of tourists from Italy, Germany and England, with the number of holidaymakers from those countries rising by between 12 and 15 percent.By contrast, tourist arrivals from France and Spain grew by just four percent.Marrakesh and the coastal city of Agadir were the most popular destinations, receiving two-thirds of the visitors.Tourism is the second-largest economic sector in Morocco. It accounts for around eight percent of GDP, employing some 500,000 people, and the government hopes to see the number of visitors rise to 20 million by 2022.Haddad said in November that the government planned to levy a small tax on all flights out of the country, which he said would be used to promote it as a holiday destination.last_img read more

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The Broncos — And The Panthers — Have History On Their Side

2012NY GiantsDallasHomeWed-4.0 2005New EnglandOaklandHomeThu-7.5✓ 2015New EnglandPittsburghHomeThu-7.0✓ Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com YEARDEFENDING SB CHAMPIONOPPONENTLOCATIONDAYVEGAS LINEWIN? NFL season openers, 2002-15 2014SeattleGreen BayHomeThu-8.5✓ 2013BaltimoreDenverRoadThu+7.5 2011Green BayNew OrleansHomeThu-5.0✓ 2010New OrleansMinnesotaHomeThu-5.0✓ 2007IndianapolisNew OrleansHomeThu-5.5✓ In January 1970, the AFL Champion Kansas City Chiefs upset the NFL’s Vikings in Super Bowl IV, 23-7. That was the last game played prior to the AFL-NFL merger, and the newly unified league had Kansas City travel to Minnesota for Week 1 of the 1970 NFL season. The Vikings, like this year’s Broncos, were playing with a new starting quarterback; Joe Kapp was in a contract dispute, leaving Gary Cuozzo as the team’s starter. It didn’t matter; the Vikings defense dominated en route to a 27-10 victory, giving the team a small measure of revenge for the ugly loss eight months earlier.Broncos fans probably noticed that the defending champion won four of the last five Super Bowl rematches, and the lone outlier — the 1993 Cowboys — wound up winning the Super Bowl that year. If you’re a Panthers fan, you can point to that 13-0 Thursday night record among favorites.And if you’re an NFL fan, you can just be happy that football is — finally — back. 2004New EnglandIndianapolisHomeThu-3.0✓ In January 1979, the Steelers beat the Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII. The teams squared off in Pittsburgh the following October, and the Steelers again handled Dallas, winning 14-3 after knocking Roger Staubach out of the game early in the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh had Dallas’ number in the late 1970s: The Steelers won all four times that Staubach and Terry Bradshaw faced off, including twice in the Super Bowl. But that doesn’t mean the Broncos are a lock to win Thursday night. All 10 of those teams were favored, which also means the favorites are 10-0 in these games (and an even better 13-0 in all Thursday Night kickoff games;2This includes the Broncos/Ravens game, along with the Thursday night openers that did not feature the Super Bowl champions in ’02 and ’03. the only favorites to lose the kickoff game being the 2012 Giants, at home on a Wednesday night.) And on Thursday, Carolina is favored by 3 points — only the third time since 19783The first season for which Pro-Football-Reference.com has data on Las Vegas lines for each game. that a defending Super Bowl champ was at home but not favored4The Patriots were 2.5-point underdogs in 2002 against the Steelers and won, 30-14. And in 1983, Washington lost 31-30 to Dallas as 1.5-point underdogs on Monday Night Football. in Week 1 of the following season.5The defending champ was a road underdog to start the season in 1987, 1988, 1993, 2003 and 2013. So it’s a split that gives both fan bases some history to point to for optimism in the opener.As for Super Bowl rematches? The defending champion has gone 4-2 in those games, and has also been at home in four of six games. (That may be a good omen for the Broncos, who were on the other side of things just two years ago.) Here’s a rundown of those rematches:In February 2014, the Seahawks embarrassed the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. Seven months later, the rematch in Seattle turned out to be a much more exciting game. The Broncos had a mere 4 percent chance of winning the game when Denver gained possession, trailing 20-12, with 59 seconds remaining. But Peyton Manning completed three passes for 80 yards and a touchdown, then tacked on a two-point conversion to force overtime. He never saw the ball again, though: In overtime, the Seahawks won the coin toss and drove 80 yards for the game-winning touchdown. 2008NY GiantsWashingtonHomeThu-4.5✓ 2006PittsburghMiamiHomeThu-1.5✓ 2009PittsburghTennesseeHomeThu-6.5✓ The last professional football game that mattered was Super Bowl 50, when the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers, 24-10. And when those same two teams take the field Thursday night in Denver, it will be the first Super Bowl rematch ever to occur on the opening night of an NFL season.The NFL introduced the idea of a lone Thursday Night game to kick off the season in 2002, and two years later the league started making the game a home showcase for the defending Super Bowl champion. (It’s worked out in all but two years since. In 2013, a scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles made the Ravens travel to Denver for the opening game, where they lost 49-27.1So the Broncos have already hosted a Thursday Night Kickoff game featuring the defending Super Bowl champions. And another conflict, this time with President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, caused the Giants to host the Cowboys on a Wednesday night — and lose, 24-17 — in 2012.) In those Thursday night home games, the defending Super Bowl champion boasts a perfect 10-0 record. In Super Bowl XI, Oakland dominated Minnesota on both sides of the ball en route to a 32-14 victory. The teams met in Oakland for a rematch in December of the 1977 season, and again the Raiders outclassed the Vikings in every fashion, winning 35-13. On Jan. 31, 1993, the Cowboys obliterated the Bills 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII. And 364 days later, Dallas beat Buffalo in the Super Bowl again, 30-13, the only time the same teams have ever met in consecutive Super Bowls. But in between those historic games, the teams also met in Dallas during Week 2 of the 1993 regular season. The Cowboys, missing Emmitt Smith because of a contract dispute, lost 13-10 on a late field goal. It was a result symbolic of that entire Bills era: In games started by Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly from 1990 to 1993, Buffalo went 14-0 in the regular season against the NFC, including a 4-0 mark against Dallas, New York and Washington. Against those same teams in the Super Bowl, of course, the Bills went 0-4. In Super Bowl XXXI, the Packers beat the Patriots, 35-21. The teams met again on a Monday night in New England during Week 9 of the 1997 season, although by then Pete Carroll had replaced Bill Parcells as New England’s head coach. Green Bay, behind great performances from Brett Favre and Dorsey Levens, easily beat the Patriots, 28-10. read more