We took a behind-the-scenes look into the workflow of one documentary filmmaker’s quest to avoid unconscious bias in her work.In this Adobe featurette on award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser, we not only get a peek inside the editing workflow of a talented and diverse team, we also get insights into the ever-present challenge of avoiding unconscious bias.Hauser, who had previous documentary success with CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, takes us through her editing workflow on bias — her latest documentary, which is fresh off its world premiere at the Bentonville Film Festival.What Is Unconscious Bias?I consider myself a fair-minded person, but the more I learn about unconscious bias, the more I see how it influences my life. My closest friends are a lot like me. I make assumptions about people based on their appearances and where they grew up. I began to wonder: what biases do I have that I am not aware of and how do they affect my choices and actions? From these questions, the bias documentary was born.If you’ve ever taken a documentary film class — either as a film student or in a film appreciation role — you’ll quickly learn that good documentaries are about issues. Not only do they inform, they also create a conversation, ideally building a dialogue that resonates with audiences well after the screening. Hauser’s bias does not simply explain away the issue of “unconscious bias” as social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Both the filmmaker and the audience explore the issue.Build Your Editing TeamDocumentary films tend to get really complex by the end. We have dozens of interviews, each shot with multiple cameras. For bias, we also combed through many hours of archival footage and sprinkled in original animation to flesh out our film. The challenge was trying to edit all of this footage into a single 90-minute story.For bias, Hauser reunited herself with editor Christie Herring from her previous film Code: Debugging the Gender Gap. As with most documentaries, this project meant the duo had to go through thousands of hours of footage to build out their narrative. It’s important to not only have a good workflow but also a solid relationship between director and editor. For Hauser and Herring, tackling a nuanced subject like unconscious bias meant that they needed good communication to check each other and keep their narrative on target.Moving from Mac to PCI was thrilled that Premiere Pro functions the same on both Mac and PC. It was such a relief to me and my team that we could switch environments and still have everything we needed exactly where we expected it to be.While Hauser and her team had previously worked in a Mac ecosystem, they decided to move to a PC-based workflow on Dell workstations for bias. One big issue for all documentary filmmakers and editors moving forward digitally is the decision to work with proxies and transcoded media — as is the case for many Mac workflows — or to use more powerful workstations to edit footage organically in native 4K resolution.Share Edits in Real TimeTeam Projects was the key to our whole workflow. I could share changes in real time with my assistant editors, talking to them over phone or chat as we looked over changes in real time. It increased our efficiency and gave us enormous control over how we did our work. We were not forced to be tied to one edit system.When Hauser and Herring moved from a Mac-based workflow to PC, they also switched over to Premiere Pro — mostly for their preference for Team Projects as a way to share edits remotely and in real time. This allowed the duo to work while traveling and in a more digital office space where they could stay hyper-connected while shaping their documentary’s story and messaging.All images via bias.For more information about bias, you can check out the film’s website here. For more documentary editing tips and tricks, check out some of these resources.Documentary Editing Tips for Working with Lots of FootageInterview: Filmmaker Bradley Olsen and His FCPX Documentary “Off the Tracks”12 Video Editing Tips for Cutting a DocumentaryDocumentary Film Editors Talk About Their ProcessHow to Organize a Feature Film Edit Like a Pro
The Engineers India Limited (EIL) has released an employment notification, inviting interested, eligible candidates to apply for the positions of Engineer and Draftsman.Vacancy detailsTotal posts: 7Name of the posts:Engineer: 6Draftsman: 1Eligibility criteriaEducational qualification:Engineer: Those interested in applying for this post should have pursued BE/BTech/BSc (Engg) in civil/chemical discipline with minimum 65 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA/CPI and ME/MTech/MSc (Engg) in structural/environmental science discipline with minimum 65 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA/CPI.Draftsman: Those interested in applying for this post should possess a Diploma in civil engineering, with minimum 65 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA/CPI, from an institution duly recognised by AICTE.Age limit:Engineer: The age of the candidates applying for this post must not exceed 38 years.Draftsman: The age of the candidates applying for this post must not exceed 48 years.Relaxation in age will be provided as per the government norms.Selection procedure:The candidates will be selected on the basis of a skill test/interview.(Read: Professor jobs at Gujarat University: Applications invited for 37 vacant posts, earn upto Rs 67,000 per month!) Pay scale:Engineer: The selected candidates will be getting a monthly salary of Rs 24,900 to Rs 50,500.Draftsman: The selected candidates will be getting a monthly salary of Rs 14,800 to Rs 40,500.How to apply:Interested, eligible candidates are required to apply at the official website www.engineersindia.com.Important dates:The last date for submission of online application is September 30.Read: TISS Mumbai is hiring for various Professor, Stenographer posts: Apply before September 30 advertisementFor information on more latest government jobs, click here.
Sergio Aguero’s words of encouragement are ringing in Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho’s ears as the 20-year-old striker prepares to fill the massive boots of the suspended Argentina international.Aguero was shown a straight red card in the stoppage time of City’s 3-1 Premier League defeat by Chelsea on Saturday for a two-footed lunge on David Luiz and was later handed a four-batch domestic ban for violent conduct. (Also read: Pep Guardiola apologises for Manchester City’s part in brawl)”I have a responsibility to be the striker for the team, replacing Sergio when he is not around,” Iheanacho, who scored the equaliser in Tuesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw against Celtic, told the club website (www.mancity.com).”Before we played Celtic, (Aguero said) that it’s up to me now to fill that gap, to carry the team along.””He’s telling me I should do very well and they are words of encouragement from him. So, I’m going to do it.” (Also read: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero suspended for four matches)The Nigerian has played nine Premier League games this season, scoring three goals and supplying as many assists.”I have to prove myself, give my best and work hard for the team and make sure we get the wins we need,” he added.Man City, fourth in the league with 30 points, travel to 16th placed Leicester City on Saturday.
Story Highlights Alpart is scheduled to ship its first 35,000 tonnes of alumina on December 5, meeting a year-end deadline to export the product. Meanwhile, he said that National Minerals Week 2017, which commences on November 19, will provide the opportunity to raise awareness about the mining sector and its contribution to economic growth. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, made the disclosure at a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (November 14), where he announced activities to mark National Minerals Week 2017. Alpart is scheduled to ship its first 35,000 tonnes of alumina on December 5, meeting a year-end deadline to export the product.Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, made the disclosure at a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (November 14), where he announced activities to mark National Minerals Week 2017.“You can do the math, but that’s an immediate cash injection into the economy,” he said.The Alpart plant in Nain, St. Elizabeth, was reopened in June by new owners Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO) Limited.The company has proposed to invest some US$3 billion in the upgrading of the plant over a three-year period, increasing capacity from 1.65 million tonnes to two million.“That is an exciting special economic zone development. They are going to build a new plant; they’re going to dredge the Kaiser port and intensify the shipments that leave from the port,” he said.“There’s to be an aluminium foil factory, a stainless steel plant, an aluminium sheet plant, a welding rod plant. This should create hundreds of (employment) opportunities,” he noted.Meanwhile, he said that National Minerals Week 2017, which commences on November 19, will provide the opportunity to raise awareness about the mining sector and its contribution to economic growth.“National Minerals Week will expose the whole sector. We want to increase the understanding and visibility of mining. We’re hoping to create a forum for sharing information and experiences,” he added.
New Delhi: Without fearing of their lives, the Delhi Police personnel nabbed three robbers in South West Delhi. The investigating agency said that during the chase the accused had fired on the staffs. Police identified the accused as Prabhat (24), Raja (20) and Lakshay (20). Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Devender Arya said that on April 25 at about 1:40 am a complainant approached Kapashera police station and informed that three robbers riding on a bike robbed him of his purse containing Rs 1,100 near Samalkha red light. “One of the accused persons had put a pistol on the stomach of the complainant and the boy who was riding the motorcycle was also having one weapon,” said DCP Arya. The complainant saw the three robbers going towards Kapashera border. “Finding themselves trapped, one of the robbers fired at police team but no one was injured. Without fearing of their lives the team overpowered the robbers,” police said.
By Hajare El KhaldiRabat – After launching a vast control operation targeting several private clinics, tax services have discovered potential fiscal fraud.According to the February 26 edition of Assabah, auditors have discovered anomalies in the tax returns from private clinics, specifically in health insurance records and doctors’ declarations. The first control operation revealed that services invoiced to patients had not been declared. The auditors observed other fiscal irregularities by cross-referencing the insurance company case files with the clinics income reports. In fact, the benefits paid by insurers were not systematically noted in the clinics’ income. The tax inspectors, reinforced with 200 supplementary executives for this operation, also looked at the compensation of doctors from the public sector who work in private clinics on a full- or part-time basis. Here again, the data provided by the clinics did not agree with those presented to the tax services.Additionally, several patients have complained to the tax services about, excessive charges without receiving any invoice in return. The audit supported this claim, illustrating that medical expenses paid in cash surpassed the 20,000 dirhams authorized by the law in many situations. Typically, any payment beyond this amount, must be paid by check or bank transfer.Inspectors were surprised to find these violations, given the fact that practitioners are subject to two separate reporting regimes: the corporate tax, or the direct tax imposed on corporations by jurisdiction, and the professional income tax.Ultimately, the clinics will face surcharges of 5% to 20%, depending on the gravity of the offense. However, these penalties are only related the accounting documents violation, as opposed to the more serious charges of tax fraud.
WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Tuesday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close MonJuly ‘ 17 516.30 517.30 509.40 510.40 517.30Nov. 489.70 491.20 482.50 483.40 489.70Jan. ’18 496.00 496.60 488.70 489.20 495.70March 499.60 499.60 494.50 495.00 501.40May 0.00 0.00 0.00 497.20 503.60July 0.00 0.00 0.00 498.50 504.90Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 484.60 491.00Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 484.80 491.20March 0.00 0.00 0.00 484.80 491.20May 0.00 0.00 0.00 484.80 491.20July 0.00 0.00 0.00 484.80 491.20Barley (Western): Open High Low Close MonJuly ’17 0.00 0.00 0.00 138.00 138.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Thunder Bay CW: $178.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $541.40Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $557.40
The Confucius Institute at Brock University hosted the Concert of Oriental Charm at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School auditorium on Saturday.Hanban, the concert, was performed by students and teachers from Shandong University Art Troupe and sponsored by Chinese Language Council International.Brock CI was the first stop for the touring troupe, which headed to Regina and Edmonton for further performances in celebration of Confucius Institutes around the globe.Education Consul and Director Xu Weiya from the Toronto Chinese Consulate-General, and Brock University Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Academic, Greg Finn, attended the concert and gave welcome speeches to the Shandong Art Troupe members as well as an audience of almost 500 people.The concert started with a happy and lively folk music tutti The Glad Tidings, followed by another two impressive pieces of tutti folk music Capriccio Confucius and Song of the Hero. The subsequent Dulcimer, Erhu, Sheng and Suona solo performances provided the audience with an exotic feast of traditional Chinese musical instruments. And the live calligraphy and painting show gave the audience a taste of the artistic conception of traditional Chinese visual art. The concert ended with a joyous and festive tutti Blooming Flowers and Full Moon.When the performance was over, all were invited onto the stage for an interactive experience with the musicians and the traditional Chinese folk musical instruments.The Confucius Institute at Brock University is host to many cultural events like this one each year, as well as offering invited guest speakers, language learning and art workshops. The Institute also collaborates with other local organizations on a number of special events – for example on Friday, Sept. 25, CI joins the Brock University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (BUCSSA) to recognize and celebrate the Mid-Autumn or “Moon” Festival as it is more commonly known! All are welcome to join in this special event this Friday evening in Pond Inlet at Brock University at 7:00 pm. Tickets are only $5. For more information: https://brocku.ca/confucius-institute
A WOMAN IN her 30s remains in critical condition in hospital after a crash in Cork which killed an 8-year-old girl.Reports today suggest that the girl was the woman’s daughter.The crash happened at Owenahincha Cross, Rosscarbery, Clonakilty, when two cars collided at around 3pm yesterday afternoon.Five other people received minor injuries in the crash, including the driver and three other passengers in the car that the woman and girl were travelling in, and the 17-year-old driver of the second car.The woman is being treated at Cork University Hospital.Gardaí have called on anyone with information to contact Clonakilty garda station on 023 8821570, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.
As the new year approaches we are beginning to see more and more evidence that a Verizon Wireless iPhone is likely. Reports have speculated that the device would be announced during the first or second quarter of next year. Now, a new report says that such an announcment could come by Valentine’s Day.Bloomberg cites an unnamed source, who is unauthorized to speak on the matter yet states that the announcement of a Verizon iPhone will occur sometime after the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January. That’s not great news for AT&T since news of a Verizon iPhone ends a monopoly AT&T has had on the device in the U.S. since it was first released in January 2007. Industry analysts believe the defections of subscribers from AT&T to Verizon Wireless, as a result of the CDMA iPhone, could be between 1 million and 6 million.AdChoices广告For 2010, AT&T is expected to sell 15.6 million iPhones. John Hodulik, an analyst at UBS Securities, believes that number will drop to 8.8 milion in 2011. He expects Verizon Wireless on the other hand to sell 13.3 million iPhones in 2011 with 2.3 million of that number coming from former AT&T subscribers.While AT&T seems to be the focal point of any negative fallout as the result of a Verizon iPhone let’s not forget about Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile who aren’t expected to get the iPhone anytime soon. Hodulik believes that the two carriers will see a drop in subscriber rolls of 650K to 950K as a result.Read more at Bloomberg.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In a bid to remember and commemorate the writer and philosopher that was Nikos Kazantzakis, the Ministry of Culture has declared 2017 as the ‘Year of Nikos Kazantzakis’. Sixty years since his death in 1957, the International Society of Greek Writers & Artists has developed a World Literary Competition named Kazantzakia, and submissions are now open. Those interested in taking part are required to submit an original selection of unpublished work that can range from poetry, storytelling, lyrics, photography, painting or a report, all of which are required to relate back to Kazantzakis and play a role in the promotion of his memory.Submissions will be examined and judged by a five-member evaluation committee that will be comprised of well-known writers with relevant experience. Winners will be announced and awarded at an official ceremony at the City of Athens Cultural Centre on March 18, just days before World Poetry Day, thanks to the support of the Municipality of Athens, O.P.A.N.D.A.The winner and runner-up of the poetry category will also have their work published in the following issue of Literary Anthology, which will also be dedicated to Kazantzakis.COMPETITION DETAILS: – Poems should not exceed 30 lines (two minutes required recitation time) – Stories should not exceed six pages – Submissions accepted in the following languages: Chinese, Spanish, French, English, German – Work submitted should not be under review currently for another publication and should remain unpublished throughout the duration of the competition – Each project can be sent with an alias name written on the top right of each page of your submission via email to firstname.lastname@example.org – Include a separate document with full contact information (name, email address, mailing address, and phone number) and a short biography of maximum 250 words, including previously published works with the manuscript email submission – PDF formatting will not be accepted.The Kazantzakia 2017 deadline is January 31, 2017. For more information, visit somateiodeel.blogspot.com.au/
The very first recorded ‘tablet’ made of wax and displaying a child’s Greek homework from 1,800 years ago is to be exhibited at the British Library this year.The artifact, will go on display as part of the Writing: Making Your Mark exhibition between 26 April and 27 August 2019.The ancient tablet, which has been made famous due to a depiction which resembled a laptop, was discovered in Egypt, and showed to perfectly preserved lines carved on wax with a stylus in Greek.The ‘tablet’ features a great example of handwriting, spelling exercises and times tables done as homework by a child estimated to be at the age of eight or nine.According to Tornos News, the tablet will be exhibited for the first time, after having been in storage for the past 40 years.The ancient tablet, which contains remarkable examples of handwriting, spelling exercises and times tables, has been in storage for the past 40 years. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Quatre individus décédés d’une nouvelle infection nosocomialeUn nouveau type d’infection nosocomiale est apparu dans les hôpitaux de Provence et a d’ores et déjà été à l’origine de quatre décès. La particularité de l’infection est qu’elle résiste aux antibiotiques.Les infections nosocomiales sont la bête noire des hôpitaux français qui tentent chaque jour autant que possible d’éviter que leurs patients contractent une maladie durant leur séjour hospitalier. Les hôpitaux de Provence dont les établissements de l’Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Marseille (APHM) doivent aujourd’hui faire face à un nouveau type d’infection, l’acinétobacter baumanii.Cette infection a déjà touché 14 patients, tous étant dans des services de réanimation, et en a tué 4. Elle a notamment la particularité de résister aux antibiotiques et de ne toucher que les individus dont les défenses immunitaires sont jugées “faibles”. Si l’infection semble aujourd’hui ne frapper qu’en Provence, le directeur général de l’APHM explique au quotidien La Provence qu’elle peut toucher l’ensemble des établissements hospitaliers français. Elle se caractérise par une capacité de contagion importante, s’infiltrant par les plaies ouvertes, des tubes respiratoires ou des cathéters explique Sud-Ouest. Des mesures d’isolement et de dépistage ont été mises en place tandis que Xavier Bertrand, le ministre de la Santé, a tenu mercredi une réunion de coordination afin de faire face au problème.Le 24 février 2011 à 17:35 • Emmanuel Perrin
Not everyone who’s interested in an EV is looking for something with the range or bevy of high-tech options that a Tesla or Chevy Volt features. Many of us just want a simple, eco-friendly way to putter back and forth to work.You’d be hard-pressed to find an EV (or any powered vehicle, for that matter) that’s simpler than the prototype being shown off by France’s XYT. Just how simple is it? Toyota says that it takes around 30,000 individual parts to build an average car today. It takes just 580 parts to build this slick sub-compact.As you’d expect it’s fairly bare-bones, but that’s kind of the point. This is a vehicle that’s built for the sort of driving the vast majority of folks do day in and day out — 60 miles or so to work and back. It’s also meant to be simple enough to put together that assembly doesn’t have to happen in a factory.XYT figures that its EV is so uncomplicated that a small, trained crew could assemble vehicles wherever they’re in demand. It’s straightforward, highly modular design also makes it easy to customize, and we’re not just talking exterior paint and interior trims. Want a pickup or cargo box for the back? No problem… it’s a simple swap.The company also doesn’t think you should have to trade your old vehicle in just so you can enjoy a few new features on a new model. XYT plans to offer upgrades to extend the lifespan of its vehicles. That’s sure to be a big selling point given that people are already hanging onto their cars nearly two years longer than they were a decade ago.Now, just because the car’s design has been simplified doesn’t mean XYT has taken shortcuts when it comes to safety. Clean Technica reports that the car has “passed all crash tests and [is] more than roadworthy.” That’s certainly good news, because while you might be willing to sacrifice a massive touchscreen console, you probably don’t want to skimp on things like seatbelts, airbags, and brakes.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysAston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain Lair Stay on target
The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation into the plane crash southeast of La Center on Monday that killed two people on board.NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said the plane was a Vans RV-6, a small aircraft constructed from a kit. The plane is classified as experimental and registered to a Camas resident, according to Federal Aviation Administration records. It was manufactured in 1990, records say.An investigator is headed north from Arizona, Knudson said. There was no timeline for when they would arrive, but the agency generally shows up and starts examining crash sites within 24 hours, he said.The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office plans to identify the victims of the crash by Thursday, according to a Clark County Public Health spokeswoman.A pilot flying over the area reported seeing the crash site at 4:11 p.m. in a marshy area south of the East Fork Lewis River at the dead end of Bjur Road off Northeast 269th Street, according to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
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Michael Corsale announces break-up with Shruti Haasan.PR HandoutShruti Haasan has apparently broken up with British theatre actor Michael Corsale. The first hint has come from her beau who has revealed on Twitter about parting ways.”Life has just kept us on opposite sides of the globe unfortunately and so we have to walk solo paths it seems. But this young lady will always be my best mate. So grateful to always have…[sic],” he tweeted.Going by his post, the long distance has taken a toll on their relationship. Yet he has indicated that they would be good friends even after the break-up. “This young lady will always be my best mate. So grateful to always have her as a friend. Luv ya gal [sic],” he wrote on Instagram.The rumours of their affair started doing rounds two years ago. The actress, like many other celebs, did not hide about their bonding as they frequently posted pictures on social media sites.They were also spotted in Mumbai and Chennai. In fact, after he was seen wearing traditional Tamil dress at a function alongside Kamal Haasan, it was said that the couple would tie the knot soon.Michael Corsale is born and raised in London. He graduated from Drama Centre London and has involved himself in a theatre group called Deep Diving Men.On the professional front, Shruti Haasan, after working with the big names of South India that includes Vijay, Ajith and Pawan Kalyan, is missing in action for over two years. She is planning to return to Kollywood with SP Jananathan’s next film.
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Annual Tourism Monitor 2016 revealed that destinations across Asia Pacific have recorded an aggregate of 570 million foreign arrivals in 2015. The aggregate annual growth rate was recorded as 4.1%. Out of 11 sub-regions, the annual growth rate of eight of them has surpassed the Asia Pacific average, ranging as high as 8.7% for Oceania and eight percent for Southeast Asia.Additional analysis has revealed an incremental increase of about 22.5 million additional foreign arrivals over that of 2014 with three-quarters of the gain in Asia. 21% of the additional volume was captured by the Americas followed by a four percent share by the Pacific.29 out of 40 destinations have reported positive gains in 2015 over that of 2014 with nine registering double-digit growth rates. Myanmar topped the list with a 52% rise followed by Japan with just over 47% year on year.Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA, attributed the remarkable result to a number of changes brought about throughout the year, including the relaxation of visa requirements besides additional capacity into certain destinations. “The modification of visa regulations to allow for online visa processing and in a few destinations, the more complete liberalisation of the process itself, has validated those actions with stronger arrival rates. This has occurred without any compromise of the safety and security of those destinations. There is a lesson there for all of us that security and ease of access can work well together if given a chance,” he said.“Figures such as these show clearly that the dynamics of travel to and within the Asia Pacific region are changing. We need to be extremely flexible in dealing with these changes if we are to capitalise fully on these opportunities,” he added.
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