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Quick Trick for De-Flickering Your Video Shots

first_imgThis tip from video production pro Philip Bloom is a simple way to de-flicker your footage in any video editing app.Flicker from electrical lighting can kill a shot, especially one shot in slow motion with a high shutter speed. You can try to remove this flicker with filters and plugins in your video editing software – or you could try out this simple layering trick from Philip Bloom.Here’s the jist of Bloom’s video de-flicker trick:Duplicate a video clip that has electrical flicker.Stack this duplicate on a new layer above your original clip.Offset the top layer by one frame.Reduce the opacity (in the tutorial Philiip got good results at 50%).That’s it.It’s almost TOO simple – this trick can work in any video editing application and can drastically improve the look of your indoor slow motion shots.Director of Photography Tom Guilmette gave Philip’s de-flicker technique a test. You can view that sample here:Got your own de-flicker tips?Share in the comments below!last_img read more

The 7 Calls You Need to Make Now

first_imgChallenging Client: You know the client that pushes you to improve your results, the one who wants your very best performance. They nag you non-stop to do something about the systemic issues your industry experiences. They want you to be more resourceful and come up with something. Call them and see what’s on their mind.Dream Client: The biggest prospective client. The one you have pursued for years with no movement. Your competitor has them now, and they’ve kept them locked down for ages. You are never going to win their business if you don’t do something. Make that something a phone call.Lost Client: I know. They said they would never use you again after the problems you caused them. Never is a lot longer than most people understand. Time heals all wounds, and in many cases, the wounded has moved on and doesn’t work for your lost client anymore. Never can only be never is you give up. Call them and ask for a do-over.Best Client: When was the last time you thanked your very best client for being just that? When was the last time you told them you are grateful that they trust you with their business? Ask for nothing. Don’t talk for a long time either. Just call to let them know you are grateful for them.Best Mentor: There is someone who provided you with the right advice at the right time. They were there when you need some help and some guidance. Pick up the phone and call them to tell them how they improved your life. If you can and you will, tell them you intend to pay it forward.The One Who Needs Help: There is someone you know that needs your help. They need someone to care. Something as little as a well-timed call can help turn someone around. Make the call and do something to help.last_img read more

Crucial cushion

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Mariano confident PPL will start this month Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Abueva led Phoenix with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. But a game after spoiling an 18-point, 21-rebound night with 10 missed free throws, the double-edged sword of the Fuel Masters may have cost his team a shot at tying the series when he ran to the dugout after his sixth foul. He also weighed down Phoenix with seven turnovers for the night. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Marcio Lassiter hit a key three-pointer going into the final two minutes and San Miguel Beer proved steadier in the clutch to score a 92-82 victory over Phoenix Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal duel at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Lassiter’s three put the Beermen ahead, 84-80, after they had trailed by as many as 12 early in the game, and the Beermen also got a key break when a fouled-out Calvin Abueva further dented Phoenix’s hopes with a crucial boo-boo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAbueva was slapped with his last foul on a June Mar Fajardo attempt and the energetic forward sprinted straight to the dugout instead of heading for the bench. That drew a delay of game technical—Phoenix had already committed a similar infraction earlier—and Alex Cabagnot knocked in the free throw to make it 85-80.Fajardo then split his free throws off the Abueva foul to make it a six-point lead in the final 1:10. Lassiter hit the dagger thirty seconds later to stretch the lead to eight and send Phoenix into the Holy Week break on the wings of desperation. Once again, San Miguel Beer found itself stymied by the handcuff-like defense of Phoenix Pulse.And once again, the Beermen found a way to thwart the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “Obviously, it’s not over yet,” Lassiter said after compiling 24 points and seven rebounds. He scored 17 of his total in the second half. “We still need two more wins and it’s going to be a dogfight.”Game 3 of the series takes place on Easter Sunday.Fajardo, after being held below double digits for the first time in the tournament in Game 1, had 19 points, 18 rebounds, four assists and three blocks as he soldiered past a punishing Phoenix defense down low.Fajardo and Lassiter came out strong in the third where they combined to tie the game going into the payoff period after trailing for most of the first half.“We knew that in the first half we weren’t playing the way we should,” said Lassiter. “We knew in the second half that we needed to play San Miguel basketball. Share the ball, make the extra pass, get stops and keep grinding and grinding it.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Report: Leeds 1 Nottingham Forest 1

first_imgKemar Roofe’s controversial equaliser salvaged a point for Leeds United as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Nottingham Forest in the Championship.With Forest leading courtesy of Jack Robinson’s 11th-minute header, Leeds looked set to be heading for a second defeat in three games until Roofe took matters into his own hands.Having latched onto Mateusz Klich’s cross-cum-shot, Roofe clearly used his arm to nudge the ball over the line in the 82nd minute but, despite Forest’s protests, the officials allowed the goal to stand. 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! Roofe’s leveller came towards the end of a blunt Leeds’ display, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side lacking their usual fluidity.11 – Kemar Roofe has had a hand in 11 goals in his last 14 Championship games for Leeds United (8 goals, 3 assists). Crafty. pic.twitter.com/fciV4Ra6zV— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 27, 2018Indeed, it was Roofe who had previously wasted their only real chance – the striker hooking wide on the half-volley from close range.Forest’s misery was almost compounded in stoppage time when Pablo Hernandez connected with Ezgjan Alioski’s cross, but the Spaniard failed to turn his effort on target as Leeds settled for a draw which moves them up to second, two points behind leaders Sheffield United.last_img read more

Ashes 2017: Kevin Pietersen feels it would be wrong for Ben Stokes to join England squad

first_imgKevin Pietersen has always hogged the headlines, even when he is not playing and guess what? He’s back again.KP has never backed away from making bold statements and he has dropped another one during England’s troublesome Ashes series so far.The former England captain became the first major England player, past or present, to state openly that Ben Stokes shouldn’t be a part of the English team for the five-match series. Not only that, he even took a mild jab at old foe Andrew Strauss by saying that his job could be is in jeopardy because of the whole Stokes saga.”It would be wrong for Stokes to be on this tour,” Pietersen said to Mail.”From what we’ve seen on that coverage, that bloke doesn’t play for England again for a while,” added KP.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will decide Stokes’ fate soon. The body will take a decision on whether charges will be brought against Stokes after receiving a report from Avon and Somerset Police about his part in a fracas outside a Bristol nightclub in September. He was arrested after the incident.But Pietersen already decided Stokes’ fate it seems on Sunday. He said that his mind is already made up and Stokes shouldn’t be anywhere near the English side in Australia.He also took a sly dig at Strauss, director of England cricket. Pietersen ruled out any personal vendetta but added that if the CPS doesn’t take the right decision regarding the all-rounder, the blame is on the southpaw.advertisement”The issue with Ben Stokes isn’t about Ben Stokes. It’s about Andrew Strauss. He’s the one who’s going to make this call about if and when Stokes returns. The CPS might make it for him but if they don’t, this is on Strauss,” the 37-year-old said.”This is his biggest decision. Forget what he’s ever done to me. This is his biggest call. He likes to do things by the book. By his book. He doesn’t have much hair at the moment. He could lose it all on this decision. It’s a monster,” he added.But Stokes’ partner in the scene according to reports, Alex Hales, was cleared by the England and Wales Cricket Board for selection.Hales will face no criminal charges over the fracas outside a nightclub after he was ruled as just a witness and is available for international selection again.The batsman has not played for England, or any professional cricket, since he and Stokes got embroiled in the late-night incident in Bristol. Both Hales and Stokes were suspended from England duty.last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid signing Brahim Diaz posts emotional Man City tribute

first_imgReal Madrid signing Brahim Diaz posts emotional Man City tributeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid signing Brahim Diaz has paid tribute to Manchester City players and staff after his deal was confirmed today.Within minutes of his €15.5m transfer being confirmed, Diaz released the following statement on social media:”I was just a child the day I arrived in England. I landed with my father, my mother and my three sisters. None of us in the family knew how to speak English, but football does not understand languages.”I close a chapter of my life and I say goodbye to Manchester City, a club where I grew up and where I stopped being a child to become a professional footballer.Thanks to all the coaches, from the Academy to the first team, for trusting and believing in me during all this time and for making me grow as a player and a person. Thanks to the whole body and medical services. Thanks to those people who work day after day for City to continue improving.”Thanks to my teammates and, of course, thanks to the fans who have accompanied us every game. I will never forget your voices chanting my name on the night we eliminated Fulham in the League Cup. “I wish you the best.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Tourism Minister Says Prospects are Bright for Summer Arrivals

first_imgTourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the prospects are bright for stopover visitor arrivals to Jamaica for the 2013 summer tourist season.This, he says, is based on market research conducted as well as airlift and forward bookings information available.“We have already had growth in stopover arrivals in May of 2.3 per cent and June of 3.2 per cent. Figures for May, the first month of the summer, are showing a rebound in the Canadian market of 8.6 per cent over last year, and in May we returned to growth out of the United Kingdom for the first time in a long while of over 11 per cent,” he added.Importantly, Dr. McNeill said “our airlift is up, especially out of Canada and we have concluded arrangements for additional seats out of the United Kingdom and Europe.”The Minister was making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House on July 2, under the theme: ‘A Sector for the People: Making Tourism for Us All’.Outlining the airlift arrangements, Dr. McNeill said these include Air Canada’s new leisure carrier, Rouge, which made its inaugural flight to Jamaica on July 1, touching down at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.“This marked a truly historic occasion, as this was the first flight by the carrier anywhere in the world. They could have gone to any destination, but they chose Jamaica. This speaks volumes of the strong relationship between Jamaica and our Canadian tourism partners,” the Minister noted.Meanwhile, Dr. McNeill said they have given the assurance of an increase in the number of airlift seats between Toronto, Canada and Montego Bay. This, he pointed out, will see the number increasing from 65,000 to 100,000 seats, with the first 35,000 of the additions materializing during the 2013 winter tourist season.“Rouge has advised that they are now looking at adding Vancouver and Calgary into Montego Bay for the winter in 2014 and 2015. We are confident that the addition of this innovative new vacation airline will bolster our efforts to boost arrivals out of Canada, which is now our second biggest source market,” he said.Dr. McNeill said Jamaica has been able to successfully diversify the source markets, and pointed out that while we still maintain a “clear-eyed focus” on the traditional markets of the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, “we have successfully reached into Latin America and the Eastern European markets.”“In fact, the growth out of Latin America has been very encouraging. This is due, in large part, to our partnership with Copa Airlines. Copa has an extensive network in this region and Panama serves as its hub. Last year…we were getting four flights per week from Latin America through Copa, and this has now been doubled to eight flights per week as of December last year,” he noted.“We have also agreed on a range of marketing initiatives to cover several Latin American countries and going forward, we intend to increase these initiatives in what we see as a market with great potential,” he told the House.Dr. McNeill said Jamaica has also started to make “real headway” in the Eastern European markets, and singled out Russia, which he said yielded some 5,550 visitors to the island between January and the first week of June.The Minister said the inauguration of direct service between Russia’s capital, Moscow, and Jamaica during the 2012/13 winter season by Russian airline, Transearo, marked a “tremendous achievement” for the country.“Of note, we also had flights out of the Czech Republic, and starting this November, we will begin two flights out of Stockholm, Sweden. These are potentially rich source markets for Jamaica and making such an impactful entry will significantly contribute to our goal of diversification towards sustainable growth in the sector,” Dr. McNeill said.Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

Mikmaw chiefs ready to take their fight over welfare rates to the

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsHALIFAX – Chiefs in the Maritimes are ready to take the federal government to the Supreme Court of Canada over a plan by Aboriginal Affairs (AANDC) to cut social assistance rates on-reserve to provincial levels.The legal battle has gone on for three years. While the Mi’kmaq won the first round at the Federal Court of Canada, Ottawa appealed and won. It will be months before the chiefs know if Canada’s top court will hear the case.Maliseet and Mi’kmaq chiefs say the problem with the federal plan is bands use the social assistance money differently.“This case is about how the government interprets comparability,” said Naiomi Metallic, the lawyer representing the chiefs. “More broadly, it’s about what limits are there on AANDC when it makes decisions like this? Does it have to consult First Nations?”Metallic said Ottawa doesn’t take into account that certain programs off reserve, aren’t available to Mi’kmaq living on social assistance in First Nation communities.“Equality standards that exist today are such that, it’s not just providing identical services,” said Metallic. “It recognizes that sometimes treating people equally might mean treating them different but to their benefit to make sure that really overall they get the same.”With a two per cent cap in place since 1996, First Nations’ social programs are already underfunded. To pay for housing, the band shaves off a portion of the social assistance money to pay off the loan to Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.That won’t happen under the new formula.“Ottawa would save millions of dollars,” said Metallic. “But at what cost?”In Mi’kmaw communities, a single person on welfare right now gets a cheque for $82 a week and in some communities, like Elsipogtog in New Brunswick, 85 per cent of the band is on welfare.“Mi’kmaq community members who are on social assistance are surviving on very little money,” said Chief Leroy Denny, lead chief of the social portfolio for the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. “How can there be equality when non-Native social recipients have access to government programs to help them when our people do not?”Metallic said it’s a complete 180 from social policy Aboriginal Affairs followed until 2011. In fact, AANDC spent a decade and $15-million dollars working with Mi’kmaq and Maliseet leaders to develop an income assistance manual.It was delivered to Aboriginal Affairs in 2007 where it sat on a bureaucrat’s desk gathering dust. That manual was never implemented.Instead, four years later, regional officials were told by AANDC Headquarters in Ottawa to save money. There was a push toward what government called active measures, programs to offer people re-training, literacy classes and get them back to work, but no new money to do it.“In 2011, we were already not equal and the government wanted to make it worse,” said Metallic. “But you can’t take the money out of basic social assistance to do that because people just need a basic level in order to survive so by further impoverishing them on the day to day amounts, that’s not going to encourage people to go do the things to get them jobs. They’re going to be fighting to basically just exist.”Denny said the government’s current position would “starve” people in the communities.“We are constantly looking at ways to create opportunities and employment for our community members. These changes will not help our people but rather put them further back. Starving our people will not create a better life.” said Denny.Court documents show that officials with Aboriginal Affairs knew that there would be negative impacts. The evidence list includes “damage to AANDC/First Nation relationships,” “negative media attention,” and “increased demand” on child and family services.“More child apprehensions,” said Metallic. “Department officials absolutely knew that the decisions they were going to make was going to have severe consequences on people.”The legal battle has gone on for three years. While the Mi’kmaq won the first round at the Federal Court of Canada, Ottawa appealed and won.It will be months before the chiefs know if the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case.But Metallic says there are important questions that impact all First Nations across the country.“We’re saying to the Supreme Court, you’ve heard a lot of cases about aboriginal and treaty rights and that’s all very important, but services on reserve are just as important,” said Metallic. “The system that’s currently working is broken. Even the UN Special Rapporteur recognized that things are worse than they’ve ever been on reserve in terms of services that people are getting.”At the same time Aboriginal Affairs was trying to implement this new funding scheme for social assistance in 2011, Canada’s Auditor General reviewed programs for First Nations on reserve and found a “lack of appropriate funding mechanisms,” a “lack of clarity about service levels,” and a “lack of a legislative base.”That gives Aboriginal Affairs a lot of leeway to make unilateral decisions.“It creates this kind area where AANDC can go in and make decisions and there’s no oversight by parliament and other bodies,” said Metallic. “Right now, there’s barely any boundaries provided by law. So that’s what we’re asking the court to do.”troache@aptn.ca@trinaroachelast_img read more

On the edge

first_imgThe continuing high tension between the US and Iran in the Trump era has escalated substantially and could spiral out of control if not handled properly by both the countries. The reason for this escalation can be traced back to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal in May 2018 from the landmark nuclear deal Iran signed in 2015 with the US, EU, France, Germany, UK, Russia and China, saying it only paved Iran’s path to the bomb. However, Iran’s main European allies along with Russia and China disagree with the US stand. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyUnder the deal, economic sanctions against Iran were relaxed and the country was permitted to resume oil exports, its main source of revenue, in return of a closer scrutiny of Teheran’s nuclear programme by giving free access to its nuclear facilities to monitors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the global nuclear watchdog, among other conditions. According to the US policy towards Iran, which involved withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), all countries were given six months till November 2018 to bring down oil imports to zero. In November, however, the US gave a six-month waiver to eight countries including India to bring down oil imports from Iran to zero. The waiver ended April this year. Also Read – The future is here!India is the world’s third-largest consumer of oil with 85 per cent of its crude oil and 34 per cent of its natural gas requirements being met by imports. In 2016 India imported 215 million tonnes crude oil and, at 13 per cent, Iran stood third among India’s biggest oil suppliers after Saudi Arabia and Iraq at 18 per cent each. India is likely to make a decision on how to handle the situation only after a fresh government takes charge after May 23. Iran and all other signatories to the historic deal have carried on regardless of US actions. The IAEA has repeatedly given Iran a clean chit with regard to adherence to the deal. Amid rising tensions in the region, Saudi Arabia, US’ closest Arab ally, said two Saudi oil tankers and two other vessels were targeted in a “sabotage attack” off the coast of the UAE, not far from the vital Strait of Hormuz. This has raised fears that the shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf could become flashpoints. An oil pipeline that runs across Saudi Arabia, west of capital Riyadh, was hit by drones, launched by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Citing credible intelligence that Iran and groups it supports in the Middle East might attack US personnel based in the region, the US has strengthened its military presence in the region, including deploying a number of strategic B-52 bombers in response to Iran’s threat to block all exports through the Strait of Hormuz. It has also sent aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln to the Persian Gulf. The US has also designated the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Iran’s hugely influential security and military organisation responsible for the protection and survival of the regime, as a ‘foreign terrorist organisation.’ This is perhaps the first time the US has declared any part of another government as terrorist. The US has also withdrawn all non-emergency staff in its embassy and consulate in Iraq. The US actions have triggered an economic meltdown in Iran and soaring inflation. Iran has responded by scaling back its commitment under the deal by suspending obligatory sales overseas of surplus enriched uranium and heavy water. Last week Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave the five countries still party to the deal 60 days to meet their commitments and protect Iranian oil sales from the US sanctions, failing which Iran will resume enrichment of uranium and keep those stocks in the country rather than selling them abroad. Perhaps adopting a carrot and stick policy, President Donald Trump has urged Iranian leaders to sit down and talk with him about giving up their nuclear programme but did not rule out a military confrontation, given the heightened tensions. The powerful Revolutionary Guards declared that Iran would not negotiate with the US while hardliner Ayatollah Tabatabai-Nejad has warned that the US Navy fleet could be “destroyed with one missile”. Comments by hardliners appeared partly aimed at discouraging President Rouhani and his moderate allies in Teheran from taking up an offer of talks with the US. Thousands of Iranian took part in state-sponsored marches last week to show support for the government’s decision to scale back curbs on its nuclear programme agreed under the 2015 deal. Worried over the developments, some experts say that a delicate and dangerous situation is prevailing and could easily spiral out of control if not handled carefully by both the US and Iran. The pressure now is squarely upon the Europeans, particularly France, Germany, and the UK that had helped in negotiating the deal. They have to do something to ease the situation as well as to relieve the economic pressure on Iran. The international community has a stake in the warlike escalation between the two countries and must act to defuse the situation. (The author is a former Editor of PTI and served as West Asia Correspondent for PTI, based in Bahrain from 1988 to 1995. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Faraz hails MR in statement issued to the media

Faraz Shauketaly,Journalist,Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka,  19th February 2013. He is also quoted as saying that the articles that he has written on a variety of subjects including investigative articles, news reports, and the column he writes have been balanced and equitable in every way. In a statement sent to the media written by the Sunday Leader journalist Faraz Shauketaly, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been praised for pushing the authorities to investigate the recent shooting incident in Mount Lavinia.The statement quotes the journalist, who was shot by unidentified gunmen last week, as saying that the intervention of the President in the investigations clearly demonstrates the President’s determination to uphold the rule of law in Sri Lanka. ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE MR FARAZ SHAUKETALY – SRI LANKA, 15-FEB-2013 It would be prudent to note that due to the nature of my very serious injuries I have been unable to fully assist the investigative work of the local Police who are yet to receive my formal statement of the traumatic events that took place last Friday night at my home in Mount Lavinia. Naturally in the fullness of time my statement will be given to the Police in order that the important work they are required to carry out will be facilitated. However my most immediate concern now is for the recovery of my health and of course the continued safety of my family and me. In this aspect His Excellency President Rajapaksa has personally ordered the provision of adequate protection for me and this aspect is very much in place now. This was provided immediately after the incident was reported. I am clearly very grateful for this support during this difficult and trying period for me personally.The articles that I have written on a variety of subjects including investigative articles, news reports, and the column I write, has never been at cross-purposes and it is acknowledged that these have been balanced and equitable in every way.My family and I are confident that once the necessary statements have been made the authorities in Sri Lanka will be able to fully investigate, apprehend and prosecute to the full extent the law permits, those responsible for planning and executing the cowardly attack on my life. PRESS STATEMENTFOR IMMEDIATE GENERAL RELEASE My family and I are also mindful of the support we have had from hundreds of well-wishers around the world concerned at these rather traumatic events and we appreciate their messages of support and concern including that of the United Kingdom.  Due to the wide international coverage this incident has caused primarily due to my involvement in the media industry, we have felt a need to address some of those concerns. Further to a clear attempt to assassinate me at my residence last Friday night by persons as yet unknown, my family and I would like to thank His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his personal intervention in issuing instructions to the law enforcement authorities in Sri Lanka to ensure a thorough and rapid investigation is carried out into this matter.  This clearly demonstrates His Excellency’s determination to uphold the rule of law in Sri Lanka. My family is deeply grateful for the efforts and support received from the United Kingdom Authorities in Sri Lanka and would like to urge all concerned that until such time that the investigations are completed, it would be unfair and inequitable to rush into conclusions that may have no basis in fact. We urge the international community to bear with these particular circumstances which we acknowledge are both difficult and important to completely investigate. read more

Billboard company appalled no one taking ownership of Bernier ads

OTTAWA — The owner of the billboards that featured ads promoting Maxime Bernier and his stance on immigration said they would have stayed up had the third-party group that paid for them not left his company twisting in the wind.Randy Otto, the president of Pattison Outdoor Advertising, said his company agreed to run the ads on the condition that True North Strong & Free Advertising Corp. identify itself and let people viewing the billboards know how to get in touch.Otto said his company felt the group, which is registered with Elections Canada as a third-party advertiser in the 2019 campaign, was entitled to promote the views on immigration held by Bernier and the People’s Party of Canada — as long as it was prepared to deal with any fallout.The billboards, which feature pre-election advertising with Bernier’s face, the logo of his People’s Party of Canada and a slogan advocating against “mass immigration,” started appearing in different spots across the country late last week.They quickly sparked criticism, including from Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, for promoting anti-immigrant rhetoric.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Otto said he did not like having been left alone to defend the ads or appreciate Bernier’s accusing him of caving to a “totalitarian leftist mob” when he decided to take the ads off Pattison billboards.“I think probably for me, the biggest concern I have is people’s impression of the company and that we are trying to restrict free speech,” Otto said in an interview Tuesday.“More than that, has been the very strong vocal, sometimes venomous, calls to my staff across the country, where people are expressing their opinions about the decision to either put the ads up or take them down,” he said. “And so people who had nothing to do with this decision and are simply answering the phone are getting extremely vicious calls from members of the public and that’s very unfortunate.”Otto said he was “overwhelmed” and “appalled” to see Frank Smeenk, the head of the third-party group, tell The Canadian Press he disavowed the ad and that he mistakenly did not get the chance to sign off on the controversial campaign.Otto said his company received the finished ad directly from True North Strong & Free Advertising Corp.“This was not a large campaign,” Otto said. “For him to say that he had no idea of the message, I find quite surprising.”Smeenk, chief executive of a Toronto-based mining company, has not responded to follow-up questions.Elections Canada requires all third-party partisan advertising to include a clearly visible tagline identifying the group behind it and indicating that the group has authorized the ad. Photos of the billboards show this tagline was included.According to financial returns the group has filed with Elections Canada, True North Strong & Free Advertising spent $59,890 on billboards to be mounted in “select cities in Canada.”It also received $60,000 from Bassett & Walker International Inc., a company that specializes in the international trade of protein products.Messages left at Bassett & Walker have not yet been returned.The People’s Party of Canada did not place the ads, but Bernier has said he agreed with their message.–Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter read more

UN refugee agency reports harrowing accounts from Uzbeks who fled violence

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) quoted one 46-year-old woman describing how she had gone to Babur Square in the eastern Uzbek town of in Andijan on 13 May to express her grievances to the President about various detained people as well as the difficulties of daily life in the country. “My young son was killed in Babur Square,” said Fatima (not her real name). “The bullet went through his ear, they said. I did not see it happen. I was also on the square with my other son and saw a young boy being shot in front of me. Now when I think about my dead son, I think about the young one I saw.”Shooting suddenly started from nowhere. Before she knew it, Fatima and her son were running like crazy to the only street that was not blocked by buses and personnel carriers. They did not stop until they arrived at the Kyrgyz border around dawn the following morning. They managed to cross into Kyrgyzstan, unlike others who were reportedly shot by Uzbek security officials, UNHCR said.Nargiza (also not her real name), 42, was at the scene of the violence, too. “I went to the prison where my husband, a businessman, had been imprisoned for six years. The reason? I don’t know…“I heard in the prison that the President would be coming, so I went to the square. When I heard a helicopter, I got excited: a chance to voice our grievances. We heard speakers, and then suddenly shooting started around me in the streets. I saw one neighbour in front of me. His face was all bloody. Speakers urged us to leave but I was cornered.”She managed to escape and also did not stop running until she arrived in Kyrgyzstan at dawn. “Later I heard from others that my house had been sealed: the security had come and blocked it. And two of my daughters are missing. I would not dare to go home,” Nargiza said.Both women are now waiting in Timisoara, western Romania, with 437 other Uzbek refugees whom UNHCR airlifted from Kyrgyzstan pending resettlement in other countries. Another 15 remain in detention in Kyrgyzstan. UN officials have repeatedly voiced fears that they could they could face torture in Uzbekistan which has requested their return as criminals, and UNHCR said Kyrgyz authorities have emphasized on several occasions that the group will not be deported back home.In June, four Uzbeks of concern to UNHCR were unlawfully deported from Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan. Since then, neither UNHCR nor any other organization or individual has had access to them. Last week, the Uzbek authorities told UNHCR in a letter that the four were “self-reported criminals” who had returned voluntarily and were now being held in a detention facility. UNHCR, however, has been unable to visit or talk to them, and remains extremely concerned about their well-being. read more

US unemployment rate falls to 81 in August

U.S. unemployment rate falls to 8.1% in August by News Staff Posted Sep 7, 2012 8:57 am MDT WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Labor Department reported only 96,000 jobs were created in August, less than the 125,000 that had been forecast. The jobless rate edged down to 8.1 per cent from 8.3 per cent but that was because of fewer people looking for work. And to top it all off, it added that 41,000 fewer jobs had been created in June and July than previously reported. The poor showing raised hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve will embark on another round of economic stimulus to help support the economic recovery. Previous easing measures by the Fed have supported financial markets. The Fed’s intentions could become clearer next week when the central bank holds its next interest rate meeting. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email jobs|u.s. unemployment august read more

Patience needed with setbacks in Arab Spring European leaders tell UN General

“We in Europe, geographically so close, and with our societies so deeply involved with those in the countries experiencing these upheavals, we were also acutely aware that the changes, and the risks and opportunities that lay ahead, would directly affect us as neighbours,” President Herman Van Rompuy of the European Council told the General Assembly.“Of course expectations ran high. It was tempting to read the events in Tunis or Cairo as the opening pages of a fairytale,” he said on the second day of the 67th Assembly’s General Debate, alluding to violence that has shaken some of the countries of the Arab Spring, as well as the ferocious fighting that is continuing in Syria.“But this is the book of history. It contains dark pages too, some of them tragically being written at this very moment,” he added, appealing for patience on the long path of transition that lies ahead. “We are bound by a simple truth: achieving lasting change takes time,” he added, appealing for patience on the long path of transition that lies ahead.While hailing the free and fair elections in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, President Van Rompuy noted the problems confronting the Arab Spring countries in overcoming corruption, red tape and economic privilege, and in assuring inclusiveness for all their citizens, noting that societies are stronger when women can fully participate.He underscored the importance of tolerance and freedom of speech. Violence and killings, such as that of United States Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, can never be justified regardless of their motivations, he said. Along with others, Ambassador Stevens died in violence that erupted in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, reportedly in reaction to an anti-Islam video made in the US. Other countries across North Africa and the Middle East experiences similar violent reactions.President Van Rompuy also decried the continuing violence on Syria, where over 18,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others driven from their home since an uprising against President Bashar Al-Assad erupted 18 months ago.“The country needs to advance towards a Syrian-led political transition,” he said. “Those responsible for the repression have no place in the future of Syria and must step aside.”Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom.In his statement to the General Debate, the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron also called for patience. “Some believe that the Arab Spring is in danger of becoming an Arab Winter,” he told the Assembly, citing the riots, Syria’s descent into civil war, frustration at the lack of economic progress and the emergence of newly elected Islamist-led governments.“But they are in danger of drawing the wrong conclusion. Today is not the time to turn back, but to keep the faith and redouble our support for open societies and for people’s demands for a job and a voice,” he added. “We in the United Nations must step up our efforts to support the people of these countries as they build their own democratic future.”The UK leader noted the “huge and sobering” challenges ahead, noting the “despicable” murder of Mr. Stevens and the danger of violent extremists exploiting the political transition.“Islam is a great religion observed peacefully and devoutly by over a billion people. Islamist extremism is a warped political ideology supported by a minority that seeks to hijack a great religion to gain respectability for its violent objectives,” he said, and, citing Turkey as an example, added that, “democracy and Islam can flourish alongside each other.”Prime Minister Cameron denounced the horrific atrocities that he said President Assad had inflicted on his own people, including children. “The blood of these young children is a terrible stain on the reputation of this United Nations,” he said.President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland.Addressing the General Debate, President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland noted that the hopes raised by the Arab Spring have only been partially justified. “The civil war in Syria and the toll of lives in its aftermath, as well as the inability to contain it on the part of the UN and the Arab League cast a shadow all across the region,” he told the Assembly.“We expect that an end shall be soon put to the bloodshed in Syria and that the conflict shall be settled based on UN principles and using the instruments available to out Organization,” he noted. “May the new UN envoy for this conflict (Lakhdar Brahimi) never lack determination in the fulfilment of his mission.”Prime Minister Mario Monti of Italy.In his remarks to the General Debate, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti noted that there was an element of self-interest in the support his country and the European Union are lending to the new governments of the Arab Spring. “Instability around the Mediterranean impacts our own society,” he told the General Assembly.“Conflicts and social unrest on the southern shore spill over to our own shores. Terrorism finds a new avenue to reach Europe. Trafficking in human beings has destabilizing effects on the countries of destination and often results in tragedies at sea that we can no longer accept,” he added, stressing Italy’s full support for Mr. Brahimi’s mission.Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean of Romania.Romania’s Foreign Minister, Titus Corlatean, in his speech to the Assembly, said his country would support the democracy in the Arab Spring countries. “I firmly state our commitment to support the efforts of the international community to consolidate stability and security, tolerance and religious understanding,” he told the gathering.He deplored the violence in Syria and called for a more structured reaction by the UN based on a consensual; approach by the Security Council. “Obviously we cannot and should not allow violence to prevail when people in Syria rely on our capacity to offer stability and predictability and when the regional stability and security are at stake,” he said.The European leaders are among the scores of heads of State and government and other high-level officials who are presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

Enveloped in dirty air most cities fail to meet UN agencys new

Air quality in most urban areas worldwide that monitor outdoor air pollution fails to meet WHO safety guidelines, putting people at additional of serious health problems, the agency said in a press release issued along with its 2014 urban ambient air quality database. The agency says the new information calls for greater awareness of health risks caused by air pollution, implementation of effective air pollution mitigation policies, and close monitoring of the situation in cities worldwide.The WHO database covers 1600 cities across 91 countries – 500 more cities than the previous database (2011), revealing that more cities worldwide are monitoring outdoor air quality, reflecting growing recognition of air pollution’s health risks.According to the database, only 12 per cent of the people living in cities reporting on air quality reside in cities where that air quality complied with WHO guideline levels. About half of the urban population being monitored is exposed to air pollution that is at least 2.5 times higher than the levels WHO recommends – putting those people at additional risk of serious, long-term health problems.In most cities where there is enough data to compare the situation today with previous years, air pollution is getting worse. Many factors contribute to this increase, including reliance on fossil fuels such as coal fired power plants, dependence on private transport motor vehicles, inefficient use of energy in buildings, and the use of biomass for cooking and heating.“Too many urban centres today are so enveloped in dirty air that their skylines are invisible,” said Dr. Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General for Family, Children and Women’s Health. “Not surprisingly, this air is dangerous to breathe. So a growing number of cities and communities worldwide are striving to better meet the needs of their residents – in particular children and the elderly.”Some cities are making notable improvements – demonstrating that air quality can be improved by implementing policy measures such as banning the use of coal for “space heating” in buildings, using renewable or “clean” fuels for electricity production, and improving efficiency of motor vehicle engines.“We can win the fight against air pollution and reduce the number of people suffering from respiratory and heart disease, as well as lung cancer,” said Dr. Maria Neira, WHO Director for Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. “Effective policies and strategies are well understood, but they need to be implemented at sufficient scale. Cities such as Copenhagen and Bogotà, for example, have improved air quality by promoting ‘active transport’ and prioritizing dedicated networks of urban public transport, walking and cycling,” she adds.The report notes that individual cities can take local action to improve air quality and thus go against regional trends. And good air quality can go hand in hand with economic development, as indicated by some major cities in Latin America which meet, or approach, the WHO air quality guidelines. “We cannot buy clean air in a bottle, but cities can adopt measures that will clean the air and save the lives of their people,” said Dr. Carlos Dora, Coordinator, Interventions for Healthy Environments, WHO Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. read more

A message from Brock President Jack Lightstone

Dear staff, faculty and students,In light of today’s media attention regarding a complaint of sexual harassment at Brock University, I wanted to ensure that you hear from me directly.Brock takes the issue of sexual harassment very seriously. We regret the emotional trauma this incident has caused to the complainant. It is important you all know that Brock staff were supportive and responsive as soon as they learned of the complaint.Brock has confidentiality measures as a result of a variety of legal obligations to both complainants and respondents in cases like these. If any complainant ever wishes to discuss their experience, they are free to do so, even though the University is bound by its confidentiality measures. We regret if we led the complainant to believe otherwise.Due to privacy and human rights legislation, Brock cannot disclose the exact terms of the actions taken, but I can tell you that the employee involved in this situation is not teaching any classes and is not on campus.A sexual violence prevention committee of faculty, staff and students was created last September and is working to develop a new stand-alone policy dealing with sexual violence awareness, prevention and responses. This project will give Brock an updated process that conforms with the guidance set out in Bill 132, Ontario’s new sexual violence and harassment and violence legislation.Again, Brock takes the issue of sexual harassment very seriously and I encourage any staff, faculty or students who may experience sexual harassment to report it to the Niagara Regional Police or to Brock Campus Security.If you have any questions or information regarding this incident, please email me directly at president@brocku.ca.For more information, read Brock’s official statement on our website.At Brock we remain committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all of our staff, faculty and students.Sincerely,Dr. Jack LightstonePresident and Vice Chancellor read more

Swimmers told not to cool off in rivers as young man confirmed

“There was between 10 and 30 kids jumping in and out of the water as they were trying to find this young man. It was such an inappropriate contrast between the two situations,” he said.“It did not look like there was any real attempt to remove anyone from the water by the police. I found it really surprising. There should be respect for the situation and space to allow the search team to do their job,” he added.London’s new swimming lake in Beckenham Place Park was also forced to close just five days after it opened so new safety measures can be put in place.A spokesperson for Lewisham Council said: “In order to manage the numbers of swimmers and lake users safely we are introducing some temporary fencing around the lake perimeter to restrict the amount of people in the water at any one time.” Swimmers have been urged not to cool off in rivers as a young man has been confirmed dead and two others missing after jumping into the Thames. A body was also recovered from the Cotswold Water Park in Gloucester after a man jumped into a lake to save his dog. In London, police officers were called to Shadwell Basin, Wapping, at 6pm on Tuesday evening after a 23-year-old went swimming with friends and did not resurface. His body was found earlier today by a marine police unit. Divers undertook two further searches in the River Thames the same night by Waterloo Bridge and Kingston Upon Thames after two men were reported missing around 8:30pm. Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have issued a warning in light of the three disappearances, telling swimmers: “No matter how calm and inviting the tidal Thames looks at the moment, the current is extremely strong and you’re unlikely to get out again if you jump in for a swim. You can disappear from the surface in a matter of seconds.” Young people were seen at Shadwell Basin this morning in the same area where the 23-year-old went missing yesterday Young people were seen at Shadwell Basin this morning in the same area where the 23-year-old went missing yesterdayCredit:SWNS Michael Potts, 25, who lives in a flat overlooking the Shadwell Basin, said that people were swimming in the Basin as the emergency services were trying to carry out the rescue operation for the missing 23-year-old. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Zabic and Rocha change places in Wisla Plock and Sporting Lisbon

← Previous Story Dujshebaev scores for first ever junior Spanish gold! Next Story → Lasse Moeller is MVP of generation 1996! Igor Zabic is new member of the Polish vice-champions Orlen Wisla Plock. The 26-years old Slovenian line-player, the child of RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, coming back to Poland, where he already played as a member Slask Wroclaw.Zabic has good season in Portuguese Sporting Lisbon, where he won the EHF Challenge Cup 2016/2017 and deserved place at Slovenian national team after long period of time.He is the fourth reinforcement of the team led by Piotr Przybecki for the upcoming season. Wisla already signed contracts with Nemanja Obradović, Przemysław Krajewski i Adam Borbely.Thiago Rocha left in direction Lisbon, where will replace Zabic, Dmitry Zytnikov, Miljan Pusica and Zbigniew Kwiatkowski, while Adam Wisniewski.  read more

Greeks Gone Wild

first_imgKefi Entertainment presents Greeks Gone Wild, a dance X-mas party, on Thursday 25 December 2014. The Arkaba Hotel Lounge gets into the holidays spirit and invites the Greek community of South Australia to dance to the beats selection of Kefi All Stars, Valandi, Vas, SKM, Souli and Haremi. Doors open at 9.00 pm and the entry is $15. The Greek DJs are armed with extra heavy CD cases and are prepared to stay on the dex till the early morning hours.When: Thursday 25 December 2014 Where: Arkaba Hotel, 150 Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton, SA Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more