Cinematography Tip: Working with Motivated Camera Movement

first_imgMotivated camera movement helps narrate your film visually. Here are a few examples you can put into action in your own work.On the surface, camera movement appears to just be a technique to make a shot more interesting and keep the audience engaged. When the movement is done well, it can increase the audience’s opinion of your production value. Sometimes, camera movement is necessary to keep up the film’s pace. If suddenly there’s a bunch of action taking place and people running around but the camera is locked down, it tends to slow everything down.But there’s an important factor to keep in mind when planning your shots, blocking, and camera movement: the camera is the film’s silent narrator. You can use movement to guide the audience through the scene, slowly revealing certain people or objects in order to create suspense — or simply control the pacing of the scene.Broadly speaking, camera movement, like the narration of a book, can fall into three categories:Point-of-view/first-personMotivated camera movement/third-person (limited)Unmotivated camera movement/third-person (omniscient)Let’s dive a bit deeper into motivated camera movement. This is movement that the actions on screen dictate. We are literally following the action, whereas unmotivated camera movement means the camera essentially moves freely, detached from any specific action. Keep in mind that motivated camera movement can be as simple as tilting or panning to follow a character walking across the room — or lowering his hand under a table during a shady deal — but you can use it for more than that.The lens is the storyteller. Think about why the camera is moving in the first place. Spielberg is known for a lot of oners, and using motivated camera movement is a reminder that just because we’re following movement doesn’t mean that we’re limited as storytellers. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, we get an excellent example of this during Marion’s introduction.In this one shot, we go through several movements. The movement mimics our own entry into the bar, as if we are a customer coming upon the riotous drinking game. The second movement focuses on the two characters involved in the game. We follow their facial expressions and hand movements. (These close-ups allow us to feel what the characters are going through.) As we follow their hands, we see the focused standoff between Marion and her drinking partner, and even though Marion plays up how drunk she is, her handling of the class (which the camera movement focuses on) clues us in that she has the upper hand in the game — compared to her opponent’s sloppy lack of gross motor control.Motivated camera movement should logically follow the blocking. Gareth Evans uses this idea wonderfully in The Raid: Redemption.Nearly every camera move in this scene follows a fist, a kick, or a blade, which yields a powerful and amped-up “narration” of this fight scene. Paul Greengrass, director of the Jason Bourne sequels and one of the architects of the shaky cam trend, might have simply added superfluous and nauseating camera shake to this scene to try and amp up the action. However, through strong motivated camera movements, Evans adds incredible kinetic energy while maintaining clear visual narration.Unless the camera is a character’s POV, it should not have sway over the blocking of the characters. The camera should either follow the blocking or provide an independent, third-person perspective. If the camera alone dictates the blocking, the scene will feel unnatural. Don’t move the characters aimlessly around a room as an excuse to use fancy camera movements. Cover image via Paramount Pictures.Looking for more articles on cinematography? Check these out.Video Gear: Is the Fuji X-T3 a Viable Option for Filmmakers?The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2019New Filmmaker Tips For Using The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4kThe Cinematic Power of Hitchcock’s Dolly Zoom TechniqueHands-On Review: The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4Klast_img read more

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BCCI moves HC against arbitrator’s stay to Royals’ termination

first_imgThe Cricket Board on Thursday moved the Bombay High Court against the arbitrator’s stay to the termination of contract with IPL franchisee Rajasthan Royals by it.The High Court will fix a date of hearing of BCCI’s appeal on Friday.Justice BN Srikrishna, who was appointed as arbitrator with the consent of both the parties, on November 30 stayed the termination saying that prima facie it was ‘illegal’.Meanwhile, in an other development, Kings XI Punjab today alleged before the High Court that the BCCI “deliberately” kept silent on arbitrator Justice Srikrishna’s disclosure that he might have to pull out of arbitration.The BCCI terminated franchisee contract with Kings XI too and this dispute has also landed in the High Court as Justice Srikrishna yesterday recused himself from arbitration.The former Supreme Court judge disclosed that he had once represented (as a lawyer) Bombay Dyeing, whose owner Ness Wadia has a stake in Kings XI. Following which, BCCI said that it had some “reservations”, and Srikrishna decided to pull out of the proceedings.But today, Kings XI lawyer and senior counsel Darius Khambata alleged that Justice Srikrishna had disclosed this fact on November 23, during arbitration proceedings between BCCI and Rajasthan Royals, but BCCI did not take exception to his acting as arbitrator in Kings XI dispute until yesterday.”BCCI kept silent deliberately… They strung us along for one week as the deadline for negotiating with ‘marquee players’ is to expire on December 6,” said advocate Khambata.Justice S J Vazifdar, who was hearing the case today, remarked: “The learned judge (Srikrishna) ought not to have recused.” .advertisementAs the High Court is going to hear both Kings XI’s petition, as well as BCCI’s appeal against arbitrator’s stay in Rajasthan Royal’s case next week, Kings XI today said that BCCI should postpone the date by which IPL franchisees are to submit list of contracted ‘marquee players’.As per the current schedule, teams are to conclude their contracts with four marquee players by December 6.Marquee players are the ones who had been with the franchisee for the previous three years. Every team can retain four marquee players, including a maximum of three Indians.After December 6, those players who have not been signed up by their existing team, can enter into contract with other franchisees.Kings XI’s case is that since its franchisee contract is terminated, it is at a disadvantage while negotiating with players.But BCCI lawyer advocate CA Sundaram said that the cricket body was not ready for this, though it was ready to postpone the next stage, when teams can start signing up remaining players, till December 10.Justice Vazifdar said he would pass order on this on Friday.last_img read more

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Ind vs Eng: England have worked very hard for the No.1 spot, says Strauss

first_imgEngland captain Andrew Strauss on Saturday lauded his team for working hard to become World No.1 Test team, replacing India.England won the third Test by an innings and 242-run loss and took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four-match series that ended India’s 22-month stay at top.”Getting to No. 1 has been a goal for a long time and it fills me with a lot of pride to know we have completed something very special. We have had to work very had and the guys have put a lot of hard graft to get to No.1,” said Strauss.The England captain was all praise for opening batsman Alastair Cook, who batted for 13 hours, for his career best 294. Strauss (87) and Cook set the tone of the innings with their 186-run opening stand.”It was fantastic to get runs myself and then sit on the sofa and watch Cookie bat for two days. He has amazing concentration and determination, he’s in this patch at the moment where he’s very clear what his game was and he’s an example for us all,” he said.Asked about his decision to bowl, Strauss said: “It wasn’t a massive gamble to bowl first, there was probably less in the wicket than we thought there would be, and by the time we batted the wicket had gone flat. The wickets have been shared around the bowlers and the pressure they have applied has been relentless.”Cook, who was adjudged as Man of the Match, said he was pleased with his efforts despite missing out on a deserving triple century.advertisement”The work put in over the week off has paid dividends for me. Over the last 12 months scoring big hundreds was what I needed to work at and I’m glad that’s happened. You want the attacking middle order players to go at the tiring bowlers later in the day. I am very pleased but it’s a huge team effort to bowl a team like that (India) out for less than 250 on a flat wicket in both innings,” he said.- With inputs from IANSlast_img read more

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Leonard’s 30 propels Clippers to win over Hornets

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, right, drives to the basket while Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges defends during the second half an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. The Clippers won 111-96. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard is only four games into his tenure back home in Los Angeles, and Paul George is still several games away from his Clippers debut. Everybody is still getting to know each other on this reconfigured roster.The Clippers have enough talent to keep stacking victories during this introductory process — particularly against teams like the Charlotte Hornets, who have even more work to do.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect Leonard had 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Lou Williams scored 23 points one day after his 33rd birthday in Los Angeles’ 111-96 victory over Charlotte on Monday night.Montrezl Harrell scored eight of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and Landry Shamet added 16 in the Clippers’ third win in four games to start a season with championship aspirations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAfter following up their impressive season-opening victories over the Lakers and the Warriors with a shocking 130-122 loss to the Phoenix Suns two days ago, the Clippers managed to play enough defense in the second half to secure a comfortable win over the young Hornets. Their last two performances have been nowhere near complete, but the Clippers are working through it.“There’s so many things that we can get better in,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “And you just see them, like screening, timing, knowing where each other is at. There’s so many new parts on the floor, and I just feel like we’re nowhere near what we’re going to be. Not even close, and that’s a good thing. But during that time, you’ve still got to win games. You’re in the West. You’ve just still got to tick off wins.” View comments Mitchell’s last-second FT lifts Jazz over Suns Becoming his own man Clippers: Visit the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES The Clippers pulled away with a 16-5 run spanning the final two quarters, stretching their lead to 96-79 with 7 ½ minutes to play. Charlotte made an 11-2 surge, cutting the lead to single digits on Miles Bridges’ 3-pointer with 4:16 left, but Harrell and Williams made big shots down the stretch.“We’ve got to come in every game with a defensive hat on first, and we did that tonight,” Leonard said. “It’s still early. We’ve got a long road ahead of us. We’re still building chemistry, getting to know each other on the floor. I wouldn’t say we’re there yet. We’ve got to keep going.”Terry Rozier had 17 points to lead six Hornets scoring in double figures in the second game of a four-game trip. Devonte Graham had 14 points and 12 assists, while Cody Zeller added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte, which has lost three straight after a season-opening win over Chicago.“I like the way we competed against two of the better teams in the league,” Charlotte coach James Borrego said. “We played even better tonight. Probably our best performance of the year defensively.”Indeed, Charlotte appeared to have more favorable defensive matchups against these Staples Center co-tenants than they did against the Lakers. But one night after the Hornets managed only 39 points in the second half of a loss to the Lakers, they scored only 42 in the second half against the Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “I feel like we’re growing,” Graham said. “Even (against the Lakers), I feel like we took a step. We came out tonight to fight and be aggressive, but they did a good job on us in the second half.”RECENT EDGEThe Clippers have won 10 straight over the Hornets at Staples Center since February 2009. Los Angeles has won 10 of its last 11 overall against Charlotte.KAWHI’S ASSISTSLeonard has added improved playmaking skills to his already formidable offensive arsenal since arriving in LA. Two days after setting a career high with 10 assists in Phoenix — which surpassed his previous career high of nine, set two days before that against Golden State — he had five in the first half against Charlotte, including a sublime bounce pass through traffic to Ivica Zubac shortly before halftime.TIP-INSHornets: Zeller sported a bandage on the cut above his left eye from his mutual elbowing with Davis in their loss to the Lakers on Sunday night. … Malik Monk scored 15 points.Clippers: Zubac had a career-high five blocked shots. … Shamet surpassed his season high with four 3-pointers in the first six minutes of the game. … George is out for at least six more games while he recovers from a shoulder injury, but Rivers said they consult frequently about potential offensive sets that will benefit George.UP NEXTHornets: Visit the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Guardiola: City will be punished if we broke rules

first_imgUEFA and FIFA will act if allegations of financial impropriety made against Manchester City prove accurate, according to manager Pep Guardiola.The reigning Premier League champions entertain rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, having scored six times in each of their home games against Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk over the past week.Events away from the field have proved potentially more problematic. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! German magazine Der Spiegel made a number of claims against City in a series of four articles, which are based on documents purportedly attained from whistleblowers Football Leaks.Der Spiegel’s reporting claims Sheikh Mansour’s City regime have topped up multi-million-pound sponsorship deals with Abu Dhabi companies, using their owner’s fortune, in order to meet UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) stipulations.Last Friday, when the latest round of Football Leaks stories emerged with allegations that City were cut a favourable FFP settlement when they were punished for overspending by UEFA in 2014, the club declined to comment on “out of context materials purportedly hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City” and claimed “the attempt to damage the club’s reputation is organised and clear”.It was a topic of discussion for the City boss before the Shakhtar game, and Football Leaks was again on the agenda at Guardiola’s Friday news conference.”If they want to undermine what we have done, no problem,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss said when asked whether his achievements at City would now be tarnished in the eyes of some observers.”We [the City squad] live our lives and our process and what we are doing – it stays in our hearts for the rest of our lives.”After that, opinions are opinion. I trust a lot the club and I know the people [in charge]. If there’s something wrong, we’ll be punished. FIFA or UEFA have to say if we were wrong.”If we were wrong, we accept it. But I hear what my club said to me and I trust them a lot as well.”The boss knows how important the #ManchesterDerby is to the fans, but plays down its importance to the early make-up of the league table.Presented by @marathonbet  #mancity pic.twitter.com/JVnd96mSoG— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 9, 2018Another strand of the Football Leaks allegations related to major European clubs, including City being earmarked for a breakaway “super league”.Bayern Munich were identified as key drivers behind the idea – something the Bundesliga club and their chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have strenuously denied.Guardiola, a La Liga, Bundesliga and Premier League winner as a coach, still believes Europe’s domestic divisions have considerable value.”I don’t have an opinion on that [the super league reports],” he added. “I would like to know the ideas but for me local competitions, Premier League and La Liga, are so important.”We cannot deny the local leagues and their history but I don’t know, I don’t know the idea.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Haryana Sports minister dismisses Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat’s claims of prize money cut

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 26, 2019UPDATED: June 26, 2019 12:59 IST Bajrang Punia tweeted in support of sportsperson of Haryana. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHaryana’s Sports minister Anil Vij had responded to the tweets of Bajrang Punia and Vinesh PhogatBajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat had expressed their displeasure on cuts in prize money by Haryana GovernmentLast week, Haryana Government had canceled a state-level function to award sportspersonsAthletes like world number one wrestler Bajrang Punia and Asian Games champion Vinesh Phogat took to Twitter to express their displeasure on cuts in prize money by Haryana Government as per the new sports policy.Bajrang Punia had said that wrestlers from Haryana represented not only the state but the entire country and that such demoralizing acts of the government will break the morale of these athletes.Sports Minister of Haryana, Anij Vij, responded to Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat’s tweet saying they have never disrespected sportspersons. ” On the basis of sports policy prize money has been distributed. If there is some discrepancy they can speak to the department. We have never disrespected our sportspersons,” he said.Anil Vij, Haryana Minister on wrestlers Bajrang Punia & Vinesh Phogat’s tweet: On the basis of sports policy prize money has been distributed. If there is some discrepancy they can speak to the department. We have never disrespected our sportspersons. pic.twitter.com/uKOtqIGBgQANI (@ANI) June 26, 2019Vinesh Phogat had said that the government rolled back on its promise made five years ago that no athlete will be forced to leave Haryana and will be guaranteed respect and reward. “Every time you try right here how to annoy players. I have not seen such an insulting Government of sportspersons in Haryana till today. I want to ask you how many players you have done to give you prize money and jobs till date,” she wrote on Twitter.- , @anilvijminister @cmohry https://t.co/nvbRIFDE2kadvertisementVinesh Phogat (@Phogat_Vinesh) June 25, 2019Last week, Haryana Government canceled a state-level function to award sportspersons and decided to transfer the cash prize directly into their accounts. The athletes who have won medals at Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Asian Para Games during the years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 were to be honoured in the function.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Bajrang PuniaFollow Vinesh PhogatFollow Haryana government Next Haryana Sports minister dismisses Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat’s claims of prize money cutBajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat had alleged that the Haryana government is disrespecting the sports fraternity after it failed to formally felicitate the athletes.advertisementlast_img read more

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Beidou Star Joins MOL’s Newbuild Fleet

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has taken delivery of the LNG carrier Beidou Star from Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. The Beidou Star is the third ship in a series of four newbuild LNG carriers that will provide transportation services on long-term charter, for ExxonMobil’s LNG interests in Papua New Guinea and Australia.This ship building project marks a number of “firsts” – the first use of a Chinese shipyard by a foreign shipping company, the first time for a Chinese Energy major PetroChina Company Limited to participate in an LNG transport project, and the first co-ownership of LNG carriers between the China’s major ship operator, China Shipping (Group) Company and PetroChina.MOL has assigned technical experts to the shipyard since January 2011 to ensure strict quality control and safety standards during the construction process. MOL also formed a multinational Japanese/Chinese ship construction and supervision team.“Starting with the first vessel, the Papua, which was delivered in January 2015, the project has progressed smoothly, thanks to the cooperation of everyone involved. In addition, the trusting relationship that MOL has developed with its Chinese partners in this project has led to another, which will involve six newbuilding LNG carriers for China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC),” MOL said.MOL joined this project in April 2013 and these vessels are now under construction at Hudong’s shipyard. The vessels, along with the four for the ExxonMobil project will bring the total of newbuildings to 10 by 2017.last_img read more

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COSCO Dalian Delivers Babylon

first_imgzoom COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard, a subsidiary of COSCO Shipyard Group, has delivered Babylon, an oil tanker newbuilding, to a buyer from Singapore. The 24,200 dwt ship was delivered to Heng Tong Fuels and Shipping, according to information provided by VesselsValue.With a gross tonnage of 20,421, Babylon features a length of 150 meters and a width of 36 meters.The tanker’s market value currently stands at USD 19 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Including the recently delivered Babylon, Heng Tong Fuels and Shipping’s fleet comprises eight tankers which have a total size of 70,300 dwt.last_img read more

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North Korea says it released Canadian pastor GTA congregation celebrates news

first_imgLim, who has a wife and son living in the Toronto area, started the Light Korean Presbyterian Church nearly three decades ago, shortly after he emigrated from South Korea.He grew the congregation from about a dozen people in 1986 to more than 3,000 members. He also runs a smaller church in downtown Toronto that caters to young people.The church has taken on numerous humanitarian projects in North Korea, one of which prompted Lim’s last trip there in January 2015.Family and friends previously said he was visiting an orphanage, nursery and nursing home in the country at the time of his arrest. The pastor had successfully travelled to North Korea more than 100 times over the past two decades, they added.Baik said the pastor’s ordeal would not deter the church from future humanitarian projects in the country.“Missions will never stop, no matter where they may be,” he said.Family members had urged the Canadian government to put pressure on North Korea to secure Lim’s release.Their calls for action took on fresh urgency in June following the death of Otto Warmbier, an American student who lived only one week after being released from North Korean custody due to health concerns.Lim’s own health was of concern to his family members, who had said the pastor needed medication to manage his blood pressure.A Canadian delegation led by Daniel Jean, the national security adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang this week to discuss Lim’s case.“Pastor Lim’s health and well-being remain of utmost importance to the government of Canada as we continue to engage on this case,” Cameron Ahmad, a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office, told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.Neither Ahmad nor Global Affairs responded to request for comment on Lim’s release.Canada does not have an embassy in North Korea, and has advised against all travel there.With files from The Associated Press A church congregation in the GTA is celebrating news of the release of their pastor from a North Korean prison more than two years after he was arrested in the country.A decision from North Korea’s central court freed Hyeon Soo Lim from the prison where he was serving a life sentence for anti-state activities, the country’s Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday.The pastor’s release, which came on the heels of an official visit from a Canadian government delegation, was described as “sick bail” by the news agency. No other details were provided.In a brief statement issued early Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “pleased and relieved” that Lim had been released.“Pastor Lim’s health and well-being remain of utmost importance to the government of Canada, and we are working to ensure that he receives any required medical attention,” said Trudeau.The prime minister also thanked Sweden for its assistance in the matter but said “operational security considerations” prevents the government from discussing the matter further.Lim, a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga had been sentenced by a North Korean court to life in prison with hard labour for what it called crimes against the state.Charges against him included harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system, disseminating negative propaganda about the North to overseas Koreans, and helping American and South Korean efforts to help people defect from the north.Word of Lim’s release drew members of his congregation to their church, just west of Toronto, where they were seen hugging and crying Wednesday morning.Charles Baik, an associate pastor with the church’s English ministry, said members are ecstatic at the prospect of Lim’s return.“We’re so happy he’s been released,” Baik said from outside the church. Watch the video below or click here.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka fights US resolution

The resolution, first presented to Congress in March 2011 by Republican Representative Michael Grimm, seeks the establishment of an independent international accountability mechanism to investigate Sri Lanka. Grimm is already under a federal grand jury investigation following accusations that he accepted contributions over the legal limit from non-citizen donors. The government feels that the resolution in its current form will be counter-productive for the country. Meanwhile the External Affairs Ministry said that intelligence collected by the Embassy confirms that Congressman Grimm had received a number of campaign contributions from Sri Lankan-American constituents who are the sole supporters behind the push for the resolution. However sources added that Michael Grimm is still lobbying for the resolution to be submitted again and passed in Congress before the end of this year.“Ambassador Wickramasuriya and officials from the Sri Lankan Embassy in the US are working hard to discourage support for the resolution and attempt to withdraw it completely or change the resolution to be supportive of Sri Lanka and focus on positive developments,” sources said.Congress members are being told that following the war Sri Lanka has seen tremendous progress including in the economy, tourism and in the area of resettlement. However there are fears the document, House Resolution 177, may be re-submitted and passed in Congress before January next year. The government has launched a campaign through the Sri Lankan Embassy in the United States to lobby against a resolution presented by a US Congressman on Sri Lanka, the Sunday Leader newspaper reported today.External Affairs Ministry sources told The Sunday Leader that the Sri Lankan Embassy had already managed to have the resolution withdrawn from the calendar for this year. Despite being presented in 2011 the document was never taken for a vote and last month it was submitted again just as Congress convened after a six-week recess.Sources at the External Affairs Ministry said that Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US Jaliya Wickramasuriya and other top Embassy officials had urgent discussions with Congress members and managed to have the resolution removed from the calendar. read more

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WatchGoogle moves to upend gaming industry with the holy grail A streaming

Google also used its GDC keynote to announce the founding of its own first-party game studio: Stadia Games and Entertainment. The new division will be headed up by Montreal-born Jade Raymond — best known for leading Ubisoft’s Toronto studio for five years — and charged with developing Stadia-exclusive software. There’s no word yet on what its first game will be.However, some key questions regarding Google’s new platform remain unanswered. Perhaps the biggest is how players will pay to play. Stadia could take the form of a Netflix-like subscription service, with players paying a monthly fee for unlimited play, or players may still need to purchase individual games, as most do now. Harrison said that Stadia is in talks with publishers and developers as it works out its business model.Another open question is how both players and game developers will react to some of Stadia’s more unusual features, such as State Share. State Share will allow YouTubers who livestream their play sessions to share a specific game state — a particular moment or scenario within the game — with other Stadia users so that they can instantly jump into the game at the same place and in the same situation as the streamer. This could be used as a means of disseminating demos prior to a game’s release, or YouTubers could use it as a way to create challenges within their communities.And while Google’s network of data centres is massive, Harrison admits that there will be some locations in the world that won’t be close enough for an optimal streaming experience. “Inevitably, there will be some parts of the world that we are not yet able to reach. But the good news is that the Internet continues to grow every day and get faster for more people. And there are technologies just around the corner, like 5G, that we hope will make Stadia accessible to more people.”Harrison is confident that Stadia represents the future of gaming, and that game streaming will one day fully supplant traditional consoles.“Eventually, I’m pretty sure streaming will become (the standard platform for game delivery). It won’t happen overnight. And we don’t expect the transition to be immediate. But we want to position Stadia as the new generation of gaming platforms, purpose-built for the 21st century.” The future of gaming isn’t a box, but rather a place: The cloud. And it will arrive before the end of 2019. So says Google Inc., which unveiled a potentially disruptive new game platform called Stadia during a keynote speech at the Game Developers’ Conference (GDC) in San Francisco on Tuesday.The tech giant’s vision for the future of gaming is a global network of data centres dedicated to hosting and streaming games at maximum fidelity to any and every screen you use — including televisions, laptop and desktop computers, tablets, and phones — via either your Internet browser or a free app. No separate box required.“It’s the most highly tuned platform to meet the needs of every member of the gaming ecosystem, whether you’re a developer, publisher, a YouTube creator, or, crucially, a gamer,” said Google vice president and general manager Phil Harrison, who joined the company last year to head up Stadia after a career working with Microsoft Corp., Sony Corp., and Atari SA. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 review: Polished and playable, right out of the gate Anthem review: Think Destiny, with better storytelling, worse loot and more repetition Crackdown 3 review: Brutal justice made brutally boring Stadia servers will be powered by a new graphics processing unit (GPU) developed in partnership with American semiconductor manufacturer AMD, Inc. Google claims its chips are capable of pushing out in excess of 10 teraflops — more than the combined computing power of Microsoft’s Xbox One X and Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro — and will help deliver games in 4K HDR at 60 frames per second to players wherever they happen to be, regardless of the specifications of the device on which they’re playing.Google presented a live demonstration of Ubisoft Entertainment SA’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey to show how Stadia will let players launch a game they just discovered from within their browser in as little as five seconds — a far cry from the hours it currently takes to download and install large game files on traditional consoles. Harrison also demonstrated how players can seamlessly switch between devices and continue playing, so long as each one has an Internet connection.Game streaming has been a holy grail within the industry for years, with startup companies like Gaikai and OnLive attempting to own the space. However, the technology has always been finicky, with latency — the time it takes for player inputs to travel to a server and back — proving problematic.But Google claims to have beaten this problem via a mix of cutting edge technology and a peerless network of data centres scattered across more than 200 countries. The majority of the world’s population lives within close enough proximity to these servers to keep their lag time low. “We have 7,500 locations,” said Harrison, “and they’re connected by a proprietary backbone of Google fibre optic cables covering hundreds of thousands of miles. This helps ensure we have the best performing network possible.”Proof of Stadia’s performance was on display last fall, when Google ran a limited public test of its new platform under the code name Project Stream, handled in part by Google Canada’s Waterloo office, which is also responsible for creating Stadia’s developer- and publisher-facing user experience. It earned rave reviews from both pundits and players.Since Stadia will be accessible through browsers or apps on almost any device and is compatible with most existing USB peripherals, including keyboards, mice, and controllers, consumers won’t need to purchase any new hardware to begin playing. However, Google’s hardware division has created a branded controller for Stadia that will connect to data centres via Wi-Fi and offer players additional perks, like pressing a dedicated Google Assistant button to access tips and tricks for a game without needing to pause play.Stadia supports a variety of existing peripherals, but Google’s Stadia branded controller enables additional perks, including in-game Google Assistant. Courtesy Google read more

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Lack of regulations and policy delay Regina couples Airbnb plans

Regina city councillor Barbara Young sits at a Regina Planning Commission meeting at Regina City Hall, Jan, 9, 2019. BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post But Ward 3 Coun. Andrew Stevens, who has several Airbnb rentals on his street, disagreed with the criticisms.“I’ve never once been concerned about my children,” he said. “I can’t see why this would be an issue.”According to administration, a report will be coming forward at the December executive committee meeting regarding short term rentals and concerns from the Regina Hotel Association.It will include an initial assessment of the issue of unregulated homestays and some preliminary recommendations, but a full licensing policy framework will not be ready until sometime in the new year.Council approved a motion directing administration to bring forward regulations and a licensing policy framework by the first quarter of 2020.jackerman@postmedia.com Instead of denying the permit, council deferred the Carefoots’ application until regulations and a policy framework are developed in the new year.So far, only one other property owner has sought approval for a residential homestay in accordance with a 2013 bylaw, despite more than 300 rentals in Regina currently listed on Airbnb’s website.Administration says the main difference between the only homestay currently authorized in the city and the Carefoots’ situation is that the Carefoots do not plan to live in the house.But the homeowners insist that doesn’t mean they don’t have a vested interest in the property.“We are there almost daily and we are making sure that our investment is tidy, is well-kept, is safe,” said Theadoshia. “We have young children. We believe in a safe community.”While it is not on the Heritage Holding Bylaw list, nor designated a heritage property, the Carefoots say they believe in saving and restoring beautiful old homes and hope to have it designated a heritage home one day.“We would love nothing more than to open this beautiful home to the community and travellers looking for a home to rest in while visiting our beautiful city,” wrote the Carefoots in a letter to their neighbours asking for support.Despite their reassurances, Ward 2 Coun. Bob Hawkins, who lives in the neighbourhood, voiced serious concerns over how parking and street access may impact children’s safety.“The neighbours in the area are unanimous in speaking to me that they do not want an Airbnb,” said Hawkins. A lack of regulations for short term rentals has delayed one couple’s plans for a unique homestay in Regina’s Lakeview neighbourhood.Fulfilling a dream of her father’s, Theadoshia Carefoot and her husband purchased Mason Manor, which was built in 1913.The couple then applied for a discretionary use application to rezone the home to be used as a short term rental like Airbnb or VRBO.“We did purchase the property with the intent of fixing it up and sharing it with the community,” said Theadoshia. “We felt that this was the best way to do so.”But without a regulatory framework or licensing policy in place, city council says it can’t make an informed decision on whether or not to approve the application.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“(The) planning commission didn’t state disapproval of short term rentals as a form of business, but we see it as an area that requires more information about regulation and enforcement,” said Ward 1 Coun. Barbara Young.The Carefoots’ application was first discussed at a planning commission meeting on Sept. 11. The commission then recommended that council deny the permit at Monday night’s meeting.The commission cited traffic, noise and parking concerns as reasons to deny the permit. A handful of residents also voiced opposition to the proposed homestay.“The planning commission was concerned about the effect on the neighbourhood, which contains several heritage properties and single family homes,” said Young. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post Ward 2 Coun. Bob Hawkins. read more

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Loonie lower amid disappointing eurozone manufacturing data US jobs growth

Loonie lower amid disappointing eurozone manufacturing data, U.S. jobs growth AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted May 2, 2012 4:27 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Wednesday as prices for oil and metals backed off in the wake of data showing a deepening European economic slump and slowing American job creation.The commodity-sensitive currency lost 0.07 of a cent to 101.37 cents US.Payroll firm ADP reported that the American economy cranked out only 119,000 private sector jobs in April, well below the consensus estimate of 170,000.The report was released two days before the U.S. government non-farm payrolls report for April comes out. Economists are looking for the American economy to have created a total of about 160,000 jobs last month.Another report showed that manufacturing activity across the eurozone shrank at a faster pace than previously estimated in April.The final April Markit purchasing managers index fell to 45.9 from a reading of 47.7 in March and was below an earlier estimate of 46. A reading of less than 50 indicates a contraction in activity.The data showed accelerating downturns for Italy, Spain and Greece.But even eurozone powerhouse Germany saw shrinking activity as its manufacturing PMI fell to a 33-month low at 46.2.Demand concerns sent the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 94 cents to US$105.22 a barrel.Prices for copper, viewed as an economic bellwether since the metal is used in so many industries, also fell with the May contract down six cents to US$3.79 a pound.Gold bullion prices were also lower with the June contract falling $8.40 to US$1,654 an ounce.Also depressing commodity prices was a survey of purchasing managers by HSBC which shows China’s manufacturing contracted in April for the sixth straight month.HSBC said Wednesday that its purchasing managers index for April was 49.3, up from 48.3 in March. The index has remained below 50, the level indicating expansion, since October.The HSBC survey tends to reflect private and export-sector activity more strongly than an official index, released Tuesday, that showed manufacturing gaining last month.The Canadian dollar is down more than half a cent US this week, also pressured by data from Monday showing the Canadian economy contracted 0.2 per cent in February. The weak showing indicated to traders that the Bank of Canada is in no hurry to raise interest rates. read more

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Update on Afghan mining project tenders

first_imgBalkhabSar-I-Pul and BalkhCopperVMS210 km2 and 247km2 BadakhshanBadakhshanGoldQuartz-vein4 x 250km2 ProjectProvinceMineral typeDeposit typeExploration Licence Area(s) ZarkashanGhazniCopper-goldSkarn2 x 242km2center_img The Leader in the April issue examines in detail a number of projects that were put out to tender. The Government of Afghanistan, through the Ministry of Mines of Afghanistan, has just announced that 25 potential bidders have successfully qualified for the next stage of the tender processes for the exploration and subsequent exploitation of four project areas with deposits containing gold and copper, following receipt the Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQs).  The deadline for submission of PQQs was Friday 16 March 2012.Commenting on the announcement, His Excellency Wahidullah Shahrani, Minister of Mines, said: “We are very encouraged by the number of potential bidders that have qualified for the next stage of the tender processes, following receipt of their PQQs. The geographic diversity evident in the potential bidders that have qualified reflects the level of international interest in the rich mineral resources of the country.” “The potential bidders include companies and consortiums from countries including Afghanistan, India, the USA, Canada, the UK, United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Australia.  We look forward to providing further updates on the process as the Ministry continues towards the selection of a final preferred bidder for each of the mineral tenders by the end of 2012.”The tender process for each project is expected to culminate in the granting of an exploration licence and, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, will lead to the granting of the requisite exploitation licence.  Canaccord Genuity, SRK Consulting and Mayer Brown are acting as transaction advisers to the Ministry in relation to the tenders for the projects and every effort is reported to be being made to ensure the highest degree of transparency in the process. ShaidaHeratCopperPorphyry250km2last_img read more

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Apple le système dachat dapplications a été piraté

first_imgApple : le système d’achat d’applications a été piratéLe système d’achat d’applications in-app d’Apple a été contourné par des pirates informatiques. Apple tente de fixer le problème alors qu’il est en train de s’ébruiter en ligne…Un collectif de pirates informatiques est parvenu à détourner le système d’achat in-app d’Apple. Les hackers ont même mis au point un outil appelé iAP Cracker. C’est la première fois que les développeurs pour Apple doivent faire face à la possibilité de détournement du système d’achat in-app.À lire aussiUn Français de 17 ans crée une appli pour aider les malvoyants à lire les étiquettes des produitsLa firme de Cupertino avait mis au point un système d’achat (dématérialisé) sans sortir de l’application in-app. Mais celui-ci ne semble plus fiable. En effet, iAP Cracker permet de contourner la protection mise en place par Apple et d’accéder aux applications sans débourser un sou… Le développeur britannique Mobile Pie a indiqué à PocketGamer que l’application My Star avait enregistré au mois d’octobre 14 achats in-app illégaux contre seulement 1 légal. Le développeur Will Luton indique même : “en approfondissant nos recherches, nous avons réalisé que les achats in-app illégaux ont été réalisé sur des téléphones jailbreakés utilisant iAP Cracker”.IAP Cracker se montre redoutablement efficace sur un iPhone jailbreaké, et les applications avec lesquelles il fonctionne est accessible en ligne. Will Luton et son équipe vont tenter de fixer ce problème. Mais Apple n’a pas communiqué sur cet acte de piratage qui pourrait coûter cher à ses auteurs. Le 22 novembre 2011 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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SPOILER Even more NXT talents scheduled for WWEs Evolution PPV on October

first_imgFacebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Trish Stratus Nikki Bella WhatsApp WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+ Videos Articles Did Ronda Rousey Break Alexa Bliss’ Nose? International Superstar Shake-up Dates Confirmed Pinterest Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Alexa Blisscenter_img What Is Ronda Rousey’s Dream Match? Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Reportedly Injured Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution PWInsider is reporting that NXT talents Lacey Evans, Mia Yim, NXT UK Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley and Kacy Catanzaro are all scheduled for the Evolution PPV on October 28.It was reported yesterday that NXT talents Bianca Belair, Io Shirai, Jessamyn Duke, Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai and Marina Shafir are also scheduled for the show.WWE is touting that over 50 women from the past and present will take part in the PPV on October 28. The RAW Women’s Championship, Smackdown Women’s Championship, NXT Women’s Championship and NXT UK Women’s Championship will all be defended on the card. The finals of the Mae Young Classic tournament will also be taking place.We reported earlier today about the changes to the card for Evolution in a few weeks.Here is the updated card as of this week:RAW Women’s ChampionshipRonda Rousey (c) vs. Nikki BellaNXT Women’s ChampionshipKairi Sane (c) vs. Shayna BaszlerTrish Stratus and Lita vs. Alexa Bliss and Mickie JamesRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipAlexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At EvolutionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

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Juventus midfielder welcomes Ronaldo

first_imgAs report that Cristiano Ronaldo has said “yes” to a switch to Juventus thickens, one of  Juve’s midfielders Blaise Matuidi says “it would be nice to have one of the best players in the world” join their club.The report indicated that the Portuguese superstar has agreed to move to Juventus this summer, in a €100m deal. There are also speculative reports claiming that CR7 is being offered a €30m per season contract, four times what current top earner Gonzalo Higuain earns as well as the report that Adidas could help fund the move.However, Ronaldo signed a ‘lifetime’ deal with Nike just two years ago and is said to be worth $1bn, and will continue even after he retires.LeBron James and Michael Jordan, are the first footballers to land such deal, but Ronaldo has made them the third player to agree to such huge partnership,Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Matuidi was asked about Ronaldo’s move to Juventus in a Press conference at France’s training camp and he said:“We’re at the World Cup,” Matuidi pointed out.“Yes, I’ve heard the talk but for now it’s just a rumour. I won’t lie, it would be nice to have one of the best players in the world at Juventus. It would be fantastic for the club and we Juventus players.“But I’m with France now and there are other things to think about.”last_img read more

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3 more parties join BNP alliance

first_imgLogo of BNPAhead of the 11th parliamentary elections, three new parties joined the BNP-led alliance on Thursday night, turning it into a 23-party one, reports UNB.Leaders of Bangladesh Jatiya Dal, People’s Party of Bangladesh, and Bangladesh Minority Janata Party joined the 20-party alliance by presenting bouquets to its top leaders at Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson’s Gulshan office.Welcoming the three new partners, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Syed-Ehsanul Huda-led Jatiya Dal, late leader Mashiur Rahman Jadu Miah’s daughter Lita Rahman-led People’s Party of Bangladesh and Supriti Kumar Mandol-led Bangladesh Minority Janata Party have formally been co-opted in the 20-party alliance.The 20-party’s key alliance partner Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Oli Ahmed welcomed the alliance partners saying that they have made the 20-party alliance stronger at the bad time of the country by joining it. “We hope we’ll be able to resolve the problems of the country and its people with our united efforts.”Earlier, the 20-party leaders held an emergency meeting to work out their next course of action with Oli in the chair.Briefing the outcome of the meeting, the LDP president said they mainly discussed the issue of sending BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia back to jail from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University without the medical board’s nod. “We think she was sent to jail illegally and unilaterally. We condemn it.”“We also think taking her (Khaleda) back to the solitary and abandoned jail without completing her treatment is a plot to kill her,” Oli added.He demanded the government immediately ensure Khaleda’s treatment and release her. “Otherwise, the path for holding a fair election will be obstructed, and people’s hopes and aspirations will not be reflected on it.”Oli joined the 20-party meeting for the first time since Khaleda was sent to jail after her conviction in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 8 February last.last_img read more

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Like Texas California Once Had A Maternal Mortality Crisis Heres How The

first_img Share Teleki says her foundation gave money to CMQCC and Stanford University to create a database that links hospital discharge data with birth certificates. She says this allowed the CMQCC to provide metrics to the public about things like elective delivery rates, C-section rates and episiotomies, among other things.“Hospitals see the value in this because they themselves didn’t have this data,” she says. “Most hospitals couldn’t tell you what their C-section rate is, and most doctors can’t tell you what their C-section rate is.”This data center lets anyone see how participating hospitals are doing compared to others. It also gives the hospitals a wider array of metrics (more than are publicly reported), so they drill down and see the rates of individual doctors.“It tries to help the hospital have a dashboard to look at: This is how I’m doing; this is how I’m doing compared to other hospitals in the state,” she says.Teleki says year after year, more hospitals contribute their records to the data center, and the data center’s stats are now available on hospital Yelp pages.This transparency has led to a sharp decline in C-section rates, she says. And the rate of maternal deaths in California has dropped along with them.Teleki says the state is now a positive outlier in the country. While the U.S. rate of maternal deaths is about 22 for every 100,000 births, California’s rate is about 7. Texas’ rate is five times that. Teleki says other states can do what California did and that anyone in Texas who says the state is too big or too diverse or that it will cost too much is wrong.“If California can do it being a large state, being a diverse state, being a state that has had our own share of challenges with budget and things like that,” she says. “I think and I hope that it would be something that other states can look to and replicate.” LYNDA GONZALEZ FOR KUTMaria Vera feeds her newborn son, Jair Alexander, with the help of Melissa Benson, a registered nurse and director of women’s services at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, in December.Part 1 of a three-part series.An alarming number of women die while pregnant or shortly after giving birth in Texas. According to national researchers who say the U.S. as a whole has a serious problem, Texas is an “outlier” when it comes to its high rate of maternal deaths.Last year, Texas lawmakers directed a task force investigating maternal deaths to come up with best practices to curb those deaths. Experts and advocates say that task force should be looking at one state in particular: California.“California reduced its maternal mortality rate more than half, from 14.0 [deaths per 100,000 births] to 6.2 … in four years,” Ted Fox, a retired hospital CEO in San Antonio, told members of the taskforce last fall. That’s a fraction of Texas’ rate of 34 deaths per 100,000 births.“There are some lessons we can learn,” he said.Fox spent decades helping small rural hospitals in Louisiana and California near the Mexican border better serve vulnerable populations. As of late, he has turned his eye to Texas and its sharp rise in maternal deaths.He says the task force, which was created by the state Legislature, has made a series of recommendations that are “too soft” and don’t go far enough to save lives. He and other advocates in Texas say they want the state to adopt some of the initiatives that worked in California.Doctors, nonprofit officials and advocates who played a major part in decreasing California’s maternal death rate agree. And they say the state’s model can be replicated here.Crisis In CaliforniaDr. Elliott Main, the medical director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) based at Stanford University, is a central character in the state’s success story.More than a decade ago, he says, California was facing a startling rise in the number of maternal deaths – just like Texas. This took a lot of people by surprise, because maternal mortality was something most public health officials thought was solved.“The Department of Health noted the rise and then engaged a group of physicians, nurses and social scientists to start examining the actual causes of the rise and what could be done,” Main says.He and other advocates and experts in California shared some of the lessons they learned with KUT.Lesson 1: Acknowledge The Problem And Find Smart People To Fix ItMain now leads a maternal death review committee in California.Most states used to have these teams, which carefully review each death and help inform methods for doctors and midwives to reduce the number of women dying in pregnancy, while giving birth or after having a baby. In fact, the committees did such a good job that most states stopped seeing a need for them.Main, who also runs a collaborative in the state, says review committees and collaboratives have been essential to driving down rates in California.“The first thing we ask a state to do is to form a collaborative of your leading physicians, your health department and your hospital association,” he says. “Those are three critical elements to making change.”In health care, there is a lot of talk about the problem of silos: the idea that too often people in different fields don’t get to share their expertise and help each other. Collaboratives address that problem by bringing people together.The role of review committees, Main says, should be focused on collecting data.Lesson 2: Get Good DataMain says the best way to identify maternal deaths is to “link birth certificates to death certificates.”That way, he says, if a woman dies within a year of her child’s birth certificate being filed, folks will be able to flag her death for review. Of course, that doesn’t catch women who die with an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage, he says. In those cases, the committees comb through news clippings and hospital records.“That actually is a time-consuming part,” he says. “You have to write to hospitals. You have to get authority from your state to get those records … and then review those cases in detail.”Main says data are key to having a clear picture of what the scope of the problem is.Lesson 3: Use Data To Figure Out What Problems To SolveMain says the California review committee’s research found that women were dying in high numbers from heart disease, hemorrhage and complications from hypertension.“This led us to say that there were things that we could do to reduce the rate pretty quickly,” he says. “In turn, that led to the development of quality-improvement toolkits.”These toolkits are like detailed emergency plans. They’re usually hundreds of pages of advice about what to do if something goes wrong and includes a checklist of everything a delivery ward should have available. They combine lessons learned from the data with existing best practices and address a range of issues doctors and nurses might face throughout a delivery. And, Main says, they’ve been effective.CREDIT CHRISTIE HEMM KLOK FOR KUTDr. Katarina Lanner-Cusin, administrative medical director for women’s services at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, Calif., says quality-improvement toolkits provide step-by-step guides for everyone involved in a delivery.“This is all you need,” Dr. Katarina Lanner-Cusin, an obstetrician-gynecologist, says as she holds one of the toolkits. “This is a toolkit to support vaginal birth and reduce the primary cesarean section,” which tends to lead to more complications than natural births.Lanner-Cusin is the administrative medical director for women’s services at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, Calif. She says the toolkits are widely used in her department, because they provide a step-by step-guide through the stages of a delivery and give her staff a game plan for pretty much any scenario.“You have a map that you can use to implement this at your own site, which makes it very useful,” she says.Lanner-Cusin says everyone involved in deliveries – from nurses to midwives to surgeons – reads these toolkits so they’re all, literally, on the same page when something goes wrong.Lesson 4: Get Buy-In from The Medical CommunityMain says getting doctors like Lanner-Cusin to use the toolkits is an essential step in improving outcomes in hospitals.Lanner-Cusin says she’s always interested in improving the performance of her delivery ward, so adopting the toolkits felt like an important step.She says improving outcomes for women means she and her team have to do better: “For me, there was definite urgency.”Lanner-Cusin says most doctors are open to trying something new if there is evidence and data to show it’s effective – which she says the toolkits are.“Our cesarean section rate for first-time moms in labor is usually around 20 percent, which is a very low rate,” she says. In 2015, by comparison, the percentage of C-sections nationwide was 32.Lesson 5: AccountabilityAnother big change that led to a drop in maternal mortality in California is that hospitals were being held accountable for different metrics related to a mother’s health.Stephanie Teleki, director of learning and impact for the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), says her group had been interested in “the transparency and accountability of California’s health care system” since its inception about 20 years ago.“We got into the maternity-care sphere wanting to push California and help in – any way we could – get better metrics on maternity care,” she says.last_img read more

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