Stuff co.nz 3 December 2015Questionable placement of joke sex toys at a variety store is being questioned by Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace.Look left at the sales counter in Pete’s Emporium in Lower Hutt and you will see rows of jokey sex toys along a back wall then look a little higher and you’ll see a more single-minded selection adorned with an R18 sign.Wallace labelled the display “simply not appropriate” and will write to the owner about moving it somewhere more secluded.Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie also questioned the positioning of the goods, and said High St in Lower Hutt was “not K Road”.“There’s a time and a place – and this location is neither”.But Pete’s Emporium owner Peter Bunn said the display was of joke items for hens parties, and the rudest products were “up high”.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.The debate kicked off in late-November when a woman, who did not wish to be named, felt “shock and then embarrassment because I had my 11-year-old son with me who was looking at it”.“I also felt it was unnecessary and completely in the wrong place, right in view of the cash register where everyone has to pass through, including children.“The reality of today is children are being sexualised at a very young age and are over exposed to sex and drugs through the internet, television and irresponsible retail outlets.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/small-business/74692477/inappropriate-sexy-hens-night-toy-display-condemned-by-hutt-mayor.html
Critical Ops is not always the first name that comes to mind when considering mobile esports, but it’s certainly gaining traction around the world. Critical Force, the game developer has revealed that its mobile esports title has now reached the 22 million download landmark and has opened a South Korean office as it sets its sights firmly on the Asian market.For those unaware, Critical Ops is a mobile competitive first person shooter (FPS). The developer remains confident that it can breakthrough into the wonderful world of esports. It’s been soft launched on Android and iOS and statistics such as 22 million downloads and 800,000 daily users are most definitely impressive. “22 million downloads is a fantastic thing for us especially because this has been achieved completely without paid user acquisition”, said CEO of Critical Force Veli-Pekka Piirainen. He continued: “This achievement is highly unusual in the modern mobile games industry where paid user acquisition is the norm. We have achieved our scale and virality through active community management and by having a high-quality game.”Now, the Finnish game developer has set its sights on the Asian market. In partnership with investor NHN Entertainment, Critical Force has opened an office in South Korea as it aims to establish a foothold in Asia, and will work on developing games well suited to the Asian market. There will also be three game developers moving swapping the hustle and bustle of Seoul for tranquil Kajaani. “We have a vastly different work culture here in Finland than in Asia. It is a positive challenge for us”, said CEO of Critical Force Veli-Pekka Piirainen. “In addition to the different work culture the biggest difference is the very different living environment. The quietness of Kajaani is in stark contrast to the bustling Seoul. Busy streets, bright lights and something cool on every street corner versus the quietness, forests, lakes and clean air of Kajaani are very striking differences. Also the much praised Finnish education system is important for the families moving to Kajaani.”Esports Insider says: The Asian mobile market is Critical Force’s next target. It’ll be interesting to see how the opening of the South Korean office goes and the expansion into an intriguing market works out. Congratulations as well on the 22 million landmark as mobile esports continues to grow.
Utility Will Pay Up to 60% of the Installed Cost of a Backyard Wind SystemUNIONDALE, NY — A New York electric utility, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), is offering generous incentives to homeowners who install backyard wind turbines. LIPA will pay the lesser of either 60% of the total installed cost of a wind turbine or $3.50 per kWh for the first 16,000 kWh of electricity produced ($56,000).In addition to the LIPA incentive, most Long Island homeowners who install a wind turbine are also eligible for a generous federal tax credit of 30% of the installed cost of the equipment.LIPA’s 2009 budget includes a commitment of $1.2 million for the new wind incentive program. LIPA president Kevin Law is enthusiastic about new rebates. “Just as LIPA’s Solar Pioneer program helped transform the photovoltaic industry and make Long Island a leader in solar panel installations, the hope is that our wind pilot will do the same for the wind industry,” Law said.Gordian Raacke, executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island, credits LIPA for its investment in wind energy. “In the right location, small wind turbines can generate plenty of emission-free electricity and help home and business owners meet their energy needs,” said Raacke.For more information on LIPA wind incentives, visit www.lipower.org/efficiency/wind-home.html.
Organize your feature film edit like the editor of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Eddie Hamilton.Editor Eddie Hamilton has worked his way up the Hollywood blockbuster editing ladder to what has to be the top spot — cutting a summer tent pole franchise hit, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.I recently put together a little round up of some of Eddie’s best interviews on the topic of editing director Christopher McQuarrie and producer/star Tom Cruise’s latest adventure over on my own blog, but I thought it would be a great idea to draw out some of the fine-grain detail of how Eddie organizes his edit in this post.Eddie shared some of his workflow tips in this fantastic interview with PVC writer Steve Hullfish, which provides some of the detail in this post, as well as other interviews with Eddie that I’ve read or heard over the years. Eddie’s essential philosophy is that everything should be so clearly labelled and logically laid out that any other editor could sit down in his chair and quickly find anything they needed.The image above is a screenshot of Eddie’s Avid Media Composer timeline for the first reel of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.Organising a Feature Film EditOrganization of your edit begins at the project level with your Bin structure. In the interview with Steve Hullfish, Eddie walks through his preferred structure which I’ve visualized for you in the above image.So what’s going on? Well, films were traditionally broken down into reels which were about 11 minutes each, due to the practicalities of handling 1000 feet of 35mm film. This is the way in which Eddie breaks the film down into manageable chunks. It also helps everyone keep tabs on which reels have been signed off or need more work. These are stored in the Cutting Copy bin.The cutting copy archive allows Eddie to keep track of every version of the film that’s ever been screened or delivered to someone, organized by date. The scenes are grouped and all of their slates labeled and organized in bins, which will sort in the correct alphabetical order.It should be noted that Eddie cuts in Avid Media Composer, which allows multiple editors to work on the same project with the same media and open and lock specific bins while they’re using them and then update for every editor globally. The image I’ve made above was created in Adobe Premiere Pro.Labelling a Feature Film TimelineIn this screenshot from the image at the top of this timeline you can see how Eddie labels his Media Composer timeline to keep track of what is on each track. The important thing to do when using a naming system like this, is to be diligent with the placement of each element of your sound mix so that everything stays where it should. Something like Roles would achieve the same result in FCPX without having to be careful about where things are physically.The mono dialogue tracks allow Eddie to work with the sound recordists original recordings for that microphone and he prefers to add in the audio keyframes to dip each line of dialogue he uses to create the best sounding version of the film he can in his edit suite. This is instead of using the supplied ‘Editor’s Mix’ from the location sound recordist, which are intended for dailies.One of the most obvious things you get from looking at a picture of Eddie’s timeline is the copious amounts of color coding he does. In the video presentation below, Eddie mentions that he color codes odd-numbered scenes in green and even-numbered scenes in blue so that “when you’re pacing out the movie you can see how long the scenes are relative to each other.”Another timeline tip that Eddie shared was his process for choosing takes. Eddie’s assistant editors create a huge selects timeline of every single line of dialogue and they lay them out in chronological order. Also each camera angle, or presumably multi-camera angle, is then organized by track with all wide shots on V1, all Over the Shoulders on V2, all medium shots on v3 and so on. This allows Eddie to very quickly watch through all takes of a line and pick his favourite. It also makes it very efficient to allow the director to see alternatives if they wish to swap something out.Editing with a Gaming MouseIn this excellent NAB 2012 presentation, Eddie shares some valuable technical tips on how we approached co-editing X-Men First Class with Director Christopher Nolan’s go-to editor, Lee Smith.One of the tips he shares is his use of the Razer Naga Ergonomic Gaming Mouse to speed up his workflow. I’ve pulled out his programmable mouse mapping from the video so you can make it your own. He skips past a couple of numbers so I’ve inserted my own suggestions. If you’re interested in this kind of thing, check out this post on editing keyboards, controllers, mice and more.Think you might incorporate some of these tips into your workflow? Let us know in the comments below!
WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from Fiba.comPerlas Pilipinas made its way out of what looked like the end of the road to shock Thailand, 69-67, in the 29th Southeast Asian Games women’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The gutsy Filipinos pulled off a houdini act late after finishing the game with a 16-2 run capped by the game-winning basket by Allana Lim off a nice assist by Frances Mae Cabinbin with less than 20 seconds to go.ADVERTISEMENT PH women’s squash duo cop bronze LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The Philippines was on its way to seeing its gold medal hopes go down the drain after trailing, 65-53, with 5:19 remaining.But the seemingly insurmountable lead only paved the way for Perlas’ character to show up and heroes to stand out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBack-to-back baskets by Lim and Pontejos, who also shone on the defensive end with a couple of crucial steals down the stretch, tied it at 65 with 1:47 left.The Thais momentarily stopped the bleeding to regain the lead, but Analyn Almazan knotted the count again at 67 with 42.4 seconds remaining before Lim and Cabinbin conspired for the clutch play. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The Philippines redeemed itself from a 78-68 loss to Indonesia to improve to 3-1. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments
NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 84-68 victory over Japan before blowing Hong Kong off the floor, 99-55.They would be closing out first-round play against the Chinese Taipei dribblers on Saturday seeking a sweep.The Tall Blacks, on the other hand, survived a 33-point, 11-rebound, eight-assist performance from Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib also on Thursday to pull off an 86-82 win over the hosts and also rise to 2-0.New Zealand, which defeated the Philippines in the World Cup Qualifying’s wild card tournament in Manila last year, also defeated Kazakhstan and will be seeking top Group C ranking with a win over South Korea, also on Saturday.El Khatib, meanwhile, is averaging 24.5 points and is running third in the department, which Gilas Pilipinas’ Terrence Romeo paces after exploding for 26 points in a 96-87 win over defending champion China on Wednesday night.Syria’s Tarek Aljabi, a beefy shooting guard, is in second after scoring 25 points over Jordan.El Khatib is likewise averaging eight rebounds and six assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers San Beda, Letran trip foes View comments DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games With all guns firing in an eight-minute stretch in the third period on Friday night, Gilas Pilipinas sent Iraq crashing face down in their Group B match and bagged an automatic quarterfinal berth at Nouhad Nowfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Iraq was held to a paltry nine points in the third as the Gilas defense held its own in the shaded lane and in the perimeter.Gilas clashes with Qatar at 9 p.m. (Manila time) on Sunday, with a win pushing China and Iraq to the qualifying round for the quarterfinals.Defending champion China scored its first win, a 92-67 manhandling of the Qataris, and will close out preliminary round action against Iraq.Australia and New Zealand, world powerhouses seeing action in the Fiba Asia zone for the first time, are both undefeated and set the pace in their own groups after the first four playdates.Ranked 10th in the world, the Aussies first posted anADVERTISEMENT Christian Standhardinger joined Terrence Romeo in presiding over a 19-0 tear as the Filipinos broke away from what had been a very tight contest for a 84-68 victory and a 2-0 record that assured them of safe passage into the KO stages.That third quarter spurt climaxed the hard work the Filipinos put in to bounce back from a bum start and it meant that Gilas will, in all likelihood, be avoiding a quarterfinal clash with world power Australia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsStandhardinger, the tournament rookie who took the place of Andray Blatche as the country’s naturalized player at the 11th hour, touched off the crippling run with five straight points before Romeo connected on seven consecutive of his own.It was more than enough for the Filipinos to snuff the fight out of the Iraqis, who, like in their Jones Cup encounter three weeks before, resorted to a lot of physicality. LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games
Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac reckons that the side haven’t been clinical enough in front of goal, despite their three-game winning runThe Bavarians have overcome a run of four games without a victory following recent wins over VfL Wolfsburg, AEK Athens and Mainz 05.While the pressure has reduced significantly for new coach Kovac, he refuses to take his eye off the ball ahead of Tuesday’s DFB-Pokal clash with fourth-tier side Rodinghausen.“We are back on track, but we also want to win the next games,” said Kovac on FourFourTwo.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“I saw a lot of good things over the weekend. But, we have to score more goals.“In the games [at the start of the season], every shot was a goal, it’s not like that anymore. The last three games we have brought a concentrated performance.”The Croatian also insisted that 18-time DFB-Pokal winners Bayern will not take Rodinghausen lightly.James Rodriguez, Jerome Boateng, Arjen Robben and Sven Ulreich are all expected to be absent, while Leon Goretzka and Mats Hummels could feature.