5.1 Surround Sound Mixing in Adobe Premiere

first_imgCreate a stunning 5.1 surround sound mix in Adobe Premiere. Check out the tips and tricks in the following video tutorial.Audio is paramount to translating a the emotions of a film to its audience, but is often the most overlooked aspect of video production and filmmaking. If you edit in Adobe Premiere, save time by creating your 5.1 surround sound mix in Premiere. Follow the step-by-step example below or jump to the end for the video tutorial.1. Create a new 5.1 SequencePremiere defaults to a stereo sequence, meaning your audio will only be in two channels, left and right. To change this, navigate to New Item>Sequence and a window will pop up.2. Create TracksIn the New Sequence window, click on the ‘Tracks” tab near the top. In the Tracks tab click on the box next to Master and select 5.1.3 tracks will appear below. Hit the “+” button to add 3 more tracks. All of the tracks should have the “Standard” setting selected. Hit “OK” to create your sequence.3. Pan all Channels AccordinglyOrganize and name all 5.1 audio tracks in the audio track mixer tab: Left Front, Middle Front, Right Front, Left Rear, Right Rear and Sub. If you can’t see the audio track mixer in your workspace navigate to Window>Audio Track Mixer. Use the cursor to drag the black dot to the correct speaker. Pan new tracks in-between…experiment! Now you can customize the surround field according to the visuals on film. Dedicating core tracks to each speaker, in addition to multiple automations, will sonically bring life to your film.In the following video tutorial Andrew Devis demonstrates 5.1 surround sound in Adobe Premiere:Want to learn more about 5.1 Surround Mixing with other platforms? Check out these great resources below:5.1 Audio Mixing in AvidSurround Sound Mixing in FCPXHow do you mix 5.1 Surround Sound? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Rahul revamps Meghalaya unit

first_imgThe Congress on Saturday appointed Shillong MP Vincent Pala as working president of the Meghalaya unit in an effort to contain the crisis sparked by the resignation of five party MLAs who joined the BJP ally, the National People’s Party (NPP), ahead of the Assembly elections early next year. On Friday, eight MLAs of the Meghalaya Assembly, including those from the Congress, quit as lawmakers and joined the NPP, a party founded by the former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A. Sangma. The Congress’s strength in the 60-member House has now come down to 24, but the government will survive with the help of nine Independent MLAs.Congress president Rahul Gandhi effected a complete revamp of the Meghalaya unit in less than 24 hours and formed a 13-member election committee. Incumbent Congress chief and former Chief Minister D.D. Lapang was made an adviser and Celestine Lynghdoh was made State Congress chief.But the appointment of Mr. Pala as working president is significant as the Lok Sabha member is known to be a critic of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and the move is seen as an attempt to achieve a balance of power within the Congress. Mr. Sangma’s detractors point out that in a State where Chief Ministers usually change every two years, he completed a full five-year term. And that has made him powerful within the Congress. “The Chief Minister’s brother is a senior Cabinet Minister, his wife is an MLA. Even his son-in-law is a contender for the Lok Sabha ticket,” says one of the detractors who didn’t wish to be quoted.Soon after the Congress MLAs joined the NPP, party chief Conrad Sangma said the move implied the failure of Mr. Mukul Sangma.“There may be personal differences or even differences among tribes. Mr. Mukul Sangma is from the Garo tribe and that may not to the liking of some Khasi leaders. But he is the most progressive leader,” said a Congress functionary who supports the Chief Minister.The term of the Assembly ends in March 2018 and the State is expected to go to the polls along with Tripura and Nagaland. All three are focus States for the BJP, which has ousted the Congress from its strongholds of Assam and Manipur. Congress rebel-turned-BJP leader and Assam’s Health and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has been made in charge of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) to achieve what the BJP calls a Congress-free northeast. Aware of the BJP’s aggressive plan, the Congress on Saturday announced an election committee and a campaign committee for Nagaland.last_img read more

Sharapova makes first US match appearance since drug ban

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sharapova played for the Orange County Breakers in their season-opening match against the defending champion San Diego Aviators at the La Costa Resort and Spa. It was Sharapova’s first appearance in the U.S. since testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.She returned to the court in April and played three tournaments in Europe. In her first event, the Russian star reached the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix semifinals. A thigh injury prevented Sharapova from competing in the grass-court season that ended at Wimbledon on Sunday. But now she’s fit and ready for a summer run, hoping to cap it at the U.S. Open.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 stars“It’s nice to have a schedule again and something that I really miss, having a tournament on the schedule and a calendar and knowing what I have to prepare for,” Sharapova said.When her initial two-year ban was reduced to 15 months, some questioned if Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, was given beneficial treatment. MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Russia’s Maria Sharapova celebrates her victory against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit during their quarterfinal match at the WTA tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, April 28, 2017. (Bernd Weissbrod/dpa via AP)CARLSBAD, Calif. — Maria Sharapova is realistic as she tries to regain her form after a 15-month drug suspension.“I think no road is easy,” Sharapova said Sunday before a World Team Tennis match.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I served the suspension period and I think there’s not much more that I could add to that,” Sharapova said.Ken Macdonald, one of Sunday’s spectators, welcomed her return.“She’s good for women’s tennis,” Macdonald said. “She deserves a second chance.”But Sharapova also hears her detractors claiming she got a pass. Sharapova, one of the world’s most recognizable female athletes, said that she’s answering her critics by showing up.“I think just by doing what I do, and that’s playing tennis,” she said. “That’s what I wanted to do from the very beginning. I’ve done it. I’ve always had the choice of not doing it. I have had a lot in my career. I’ve had the support.ADVERTISEMENT “As someone who is 30 years old, I achieved enough to call it a day. But there’s something deeper. It’s more than just the sport. It’s something I’ve done all my life and my career. I wanted to continue that. That’s where my focus is and not much else.”Sharapova said her schedule leading to the U.S. Open will include another WTT appearance and WTA Tour stops at Stanford and Toronto. She declined to predict how she would fare at the U.S. Open, the year’s final Grand Slam event.“It’s not something that I think about; it’s not part of my job,” she said. “Just because I have to be realistic that I haven’t played in a long time. With the injury, it was almost like a two-year break for me. The importance and significance of every tournament is much more in my mind than what I can or cannot do at the U.S. Open.”Which brought her back to the WTT and the La Costa Resort and Spa, where she won twice when it was WTA Tour stop.“This was a great little addition to my schedule,” she said. “I hadn’t actually planned on playing World Team Tennis but I just thought I could use the bonus matches as I like to call them. Play in front of the crowds and come back to places that I’ve competed at before.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lakers overcome Ball’s injury to beat Mavs, reach title gamelast_img read more

Virat Kohli most talked about player on Facebook during IPL 2016

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli was the most talked about player on social networking site Facebook during the recently-concluded Indian Premier League. Kohli finished the tournament with a record 973 runs, including four centuries and seven fifties. (Kohli is a special blend of consistency and power, says Hayden)IPL debutants Gujarat Lions were the most talked about team this season while the bhaangra dancing trio of Mandeep Singh, Virat Kohli and Gayle from RCB had over seven million views. (Kohli and Warner: Two of a kind)RECORD 360 MILLION CONVERSATIONS”With 360 million posts, comments and likes, this year’s tournament drove the highest level of conversation Facebook has measured for any IPL season. The Facebook pages of the IPL and eight teams totalled over 140 million video views during the season,” the company said in a statement. (Kohli highlights dream season for batsmen)During the 50-day tournament, the “Indian Premier League Facebook Page” grew by over two million fans to 18.3 million.The Kolkata Knight Riders were the top IPL team on Facebook with over 14 million fans who watched the exclusive video series with #InsideKKR on the platform.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

#OperationCricketGate: 340-run Pune pitch turns out to be slow surface. Dramatic change in conditions?

first_imgPune pitch curator, Padnurang Salgaonkar, had promised a 340-run surface during an India Today’s sting operation — Operation CricketGate — ahead of the second one day international between India and New Zealand on Wednesday.But India bowlers, led by pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/45), restricted New Zealand to a paltry 230/9 after the visitors opted to bat. In reply, India overhauled the target without much problem to square the three-match series 1-1.Opener Shikhar Dhawan slammed 68 while comeback-man Dinesh Karthik scored 64 not out off 92 balls to guide India to a comfortable six-wicket victory with 24 balls to spare.India Today reporters disguised as bookies unearthed a massive scandal on Wednesday as they caught the Maharashtra Cricket Association pitch curator allowing people to tamper with the pitch on the eve of the second ODI between India and New Zealand in Pune.Two of India Today’s undercover reporters, posing as bookies, caught Salgaonkar on tape. The curator assured the reporters that the pitch would yield 337 runs and the target would be easily chaseable.He also said he could tamper the pitch to suit the needs of a particular team. Soon after the sting operation aired on India Today and Aaj Tak on Wednesday morning, BCCI and MCA swung into action.Salgaonkar was barred from entering the stadium and faced preliminary action from the MCA.India Today PhotoIndia pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah rattled the Black Caps, picking five wickets between them. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal snared two wickets as New Zealand managed only 230/9.Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah chipped away with regular wickets while the spinners including part-timer Kedhar Jadhav never allowed the Kiwis to build any kind of momentum.advertisementPune has hosted three ODIs so far. While the previous two ODIs saw scores in excess of 300, Wednesday’s ODI between India and New Zealand was a low-scoring affair especially after it was promised to be a batting paradise.PITCH WAS SLOW, FEEL PLAYERSIndia’s pacer Bhuvneshwar admitted after the three-wicket haul that the pitch “was a good surface, a bit on the slower side.”Even both team captains agreed that it wasn’t an easy wicket to bat.”Exactly what we spoke at toss time. Pitch would be slow in the evening, better to bat at night. With the wicket being slow, it was great to see them (Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah) getting batsmen out in conventional ways, not ugly wickets,” Virat Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.”One of those surfaces where if you get a good score on the board and squeeze, the bowlers would have made life difficult. The surface wasn’t easy to play fluently,” Kane Williamson said.BCCI had immediately suspended Salgaonkar before Indian cricket board’s neutral pitch curator and ICC gave a go ahead to the match.The incident has definitely rocked the cricket fraternity and it’s now up to the officials to decide whether the pitch was really doctored or not.Operation CricketGate was the biggest story of the day. Here are the key revelations and impactAnd here is a run-down of everything that transpired after India Today’s sting operation on the Pune pitch curator:MCA president promises strict action after India Today expose on Pune pitch curatorWho is Pune curator Pandurang Salgaonkar? No stranger to accusations of pitch doctoringBCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary ‘shocked’ after India Today expose on Pune pitch curatorJust to fire BCCI for what Pune pitch curator has done is not correct: Ganguly to India TodayCoA reacts to India Today’s Operation CricketGate: ‘Zero tolerance to corruption’Ban Pune pitch curator, demands Mohammad Azharuddin after India Today sting operationIndia Today Impact: Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar barred from entering stadiumIndia-New Zealand 2nd ODI will not be called off, sources confirm India TodayOperation CricketGate: Full ConversationIn what was a savage blow to the ICC and the BCCI’s stiff codes on corruption and on restrictions over outsider access to the field before matches, Salgaoncar not only accompanied India Today’s undercover reporters to the Pune pitch but also allowed them to tap it.Worse, he revealed to the reporters, posing as bookies, the wicket was a belter.”It is very good. I guess it will garner 337 (runs),” Salgaoncar disclosed.”Are you sure?” probed the journalist.”Sure and 337 will be chase-able,” the curator replied a day before the ODI. “There’s no doubt about it.”If he’s to be believed, Pune’s wicket was definitely a big-scoring paradise – a bonanza for hard-hitters on the field and for the bookies gambling on them off it.Salgaoncar, himself a former cricketer, also permitted the investigative reporters to take a test walk on the pitch and stamp it with the feet.advertisement”It’s not allowed. Still, we did it. The BCCI observer is also sitting around,” he confessed. “If someone asks me tomorrow, I’d say no one came. I don’t know.”Now, the curator guaranteed doctoring the pitch to favour one of the teams.”Two players want some bounce on the pitch. If that can be done,” asked the reporter.”It will be given,” he agreed. “I told you this is a 340-run wicket, either way,” Salgaoncar added.”That’s fine. That can be bet on. But we want (a team) to be favoured,” demanded the journalist.”That will be done good. I told you,” the pitch curator promised.last_img read more

Bharat: Salman and Katrina to shoot in Abu Dhabi. See pics

first_imgAfter wrapping up the Malta schedule of Bharat, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will next shoot in Abu Dhabi. Director Ali Abbas Zafar, who worked with the duo for Tiger Zinda Hai, shared pictures on his Twitter account.The film is Salman’s third collaboration with Ali Abbas Zafar after Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai, both of which were raging successes at the box office.After Priyanka Chopra walked out of Bharat, Katrina was roped in to play the female lead. And filmmakers know that the secret to the success of a Bhai film, is his scorching chemistry with Katrina.Bharat also stars Tabu and Disha Patani.All set for Abu Dhabi , next destination Team @Bharat_TheFilm … pic.twitter.com/6oIH2JZeDUali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) September 23, 2018Zafar had earlier said that Salman would be sporting five looks in the film. In fact, even his young Maine Pyar Kiya look will be recreated.”Salman sports four-five looks in the film through 60 years, and one crucial part will focus on his late 20s, in which the 52-year-old actor will look leaner and much younger,” a source had told a daily.In Bharat, Salman will take on a different role, compared to the action-masala he usually does. “It is important to show Salman in a different light as Indian cinema is changing and leaving a mark with every film is important,” Zafar had said in a statement.Bharat is a remake of the South Korean film, Ode To My Father. It will be filmed in Abu Dhabi, Spain, Punjab, Mumbai and Delhi. Several landmark events in India’s history will be revisited in the film, which spans six decades. The Partition also features in the film.advertisementALSO SEE: Salman Khan to recreate his Maine Pyar Kiya look in BharatALSO WATCH| Salman Khan: Warmongers should be given guns and made to fightlast_img read more

Mason Rudolph Would Bring J.W. Walsh If He Was Stranded on a Desert Island

first_imgOklahoma State did one of those Q&A things with its top QB recently. These are usually sterile and only mildly interesting (more Kevin Peterson, please), but Mason Rudolph gave a perfect answer to this question: If you had to be stranded on a desert island for one month, which one of your teammates would you want to bring with you, and why?“It’d have to be J.W. Walsh, because I feel like he would be good with nature and he could probably find a way for us to get off the island.”When I think J.W. Walsh, I think “future coach” first, “gamer” second and “good with nature” third. I laughed out loud at that answer. Perfect.On a more serious note, Mike Gundy commented on their relationship earlier this week.“They have a good relationship. As I mentioned before, J.W. has been tremendous for Mason, and they’ve worked well together. Eventually, J.W. wants to be a coach, and he’ll be able to coach. He’s been through it.“He has a good mentor in his father, and I think he’s getting great training by playing at this level. Even with Taylor [Cornelius], they’ve all got great lines of communication. They understand the game, and they understand our system. They help Mason out a lot during those times.”Rudolph was also asked about the best player he’s ever played against in that Q&A.“Well, I’ve only played a few games here, so I would say Jadaveon Clowney. I didn’t face him personally, but my high school played his when I was a freshman and he was a senior.“He’s obviously a freak, and he ended up being the No. 1 draft pick, so that was pretty cool. As far as in college, just being on the sidelines against Jameis Winston was pretty cool.”Being “obviously a freak” is next level human genetics. Thanks for not hurting him, Jadaveon!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more


first_imgAdam and Kane are doing a fantastic job from the tournament control box (the ‘fishbowl’) and they gladly offer their interesting spin on the events of day two at the 2004 National 18 Years Championships… Comments from Adam & Kane The Big Fish have been working tirelessly to bring you the truth about the `Joeygate’ scandal which saw Joe Williams fall from the stage during the AUSTOUCH launch yesterday. Although we can’t confirm it at this stage, we have uncovered an allegation that Benji Marshall, fellow rising NRL star, had in fact told Joey that he could move his chair back further than he could. In an attempt to move his chair so that he could selflessly offer his support to the youngsters behind him, Joey asked Benji for some assistance in gauging the distance he could move before falling. Benji, at his practical joke best, seized the opportunity to send his mate plummeting to the ground! When asked if this was the case, Joe declined to accuse his friend of such a heinous crime but said he would be looking into it. We here at the fishbowl have received some video footage of the event and will be in the editing suite all night in an effort to uncover the truth. Rest assured that the slow motion replays will definitely be used to uncover the truth. In other news there have been some great games on field 1 today with ACT & SQBD Sharks leading the way with a `ding dong’ battle ending in a 4 all draw. Sharks #11, James Doolah showed dynamic skills, not only in his touch ability but also the beard growing stakes. He has a beard that a Yeti would be proud to own. We are sure that we could actually see it growing as the game progressed. If it continues to grow at this rate, don’t be surprised to see it braided before the end of the week. On the subject of braids, we here in the fishbowl are alarmed at the number of `Bali Bead’ style braids we are witnessing on the touch fields of sunny Coffs Harbour. We know its semi tropical and that it has the feel of a Bali holiday but the frightening factor is that more braids are being seen in the Boy’s division than the Girls! What’s doing there boy’s? What ever happened to the Skinhead, The Mullet? Real Men’s hairstyles. We are also alarmed at the number of `rough & ready’ styles worn by many of our young men. It seems that the youth of today are becoming lazy and just leaving the `bed hair’ effect to be worn all day. The surprising thing about this is that it takes a frightful amount of `product’ to achieve this lived in look. In the coming days, the fishbowl will be naming names and pin pointing the bad hair culprits! That’s all from Adam & Kane! “See ya when we’re lookin at ya!”last_img

Ohio State’s Loss Means There Are No Perfect Brackets Left

first_imgThe 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket.It was only a matter of time. After Ohio State lost to Arizona Saturday afternoon, there are officially no perfect brackets left in the world. ESPN’s lone user with a perfect bracket after the second round wound up nailing his first 38 games before dropping a contest. He gave an interview with the Worldwide Leader Saturday afternoon, and revealed that he had no rhyme or reason to the picks he made.11.57 million brackets were entered in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge. After Arizona’s win over Ohio State, ZERO perfect brackets remain.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 21, 2015As we’ve noted before, there is no known person to have ever put together a perfect bracket in March Madness history. The odds, which are something in the neighborhood of 1 in 9 quintillion, suggest that it will never happen in our lifetime either.There’s always next year, right?last_img read more

DBJ Provides $8 Billion in Funding Support for Businesses

first_img The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has provided over $8 billion in funding support for businesses islandwide since the start of the 2017/18 fiscal year in April. These, he outlined, included $4.8 billion to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through approved financial institutions (AFIs), and $1.2 billion to micro entrepreneurs through approved microfinance institutions. Mr. Reynolds was speaking at Monday’s (February 12) launch of the DBJ’s fifth National Business Model Competition (NBMC), held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has provided over $8 billion in funding support for businesses islandwide since the start of the 2017/18 fiscal year in April.Managing Director, Milverton Reynolds, says the funds have been made available through equity funding under the Jamaica Venture Capital Programme (JVCP) as well as through capacity development and technical assistance initiatives.Mr. Reynolds was speaking at Monday’s (February 12) launch of the DBJ’s fifth National Business Model Competition (NBMC), held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.He pointed out that between April 2017 and January this year, loans totalling $6 billion were disbursed to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).These, he outlined, included $4.8 billion to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through approved financial institutions (AFIs), and $1.2 billion to micro entrepreneurs through approved microfinance institutions.Mr. Reynolds also advised that the DBJ issued 1,120 vouchers to entrepreneurs, which enabled them to access $263.25 million.He noted that under the “revolutionary” voucher programme, hundreds of entrepreneurs are now able to access loans and other forms of funding, “because their businesses have been strengthened”.Additionally, he said the Bank facilitated 26 business start-ups under its Innovation Grant from New Ideas to Entrepreneurship (IGNITE) programme, which enabled those entities to access $60 million in grant funding, resulting in the creation of hundreds of new jobs.Mr. Reynolds further indicated that the DBJ has committed approximately US$2.25 million under the JVCP to three private equity and three private credit funds entities, along with over US$233 million from local and international investors for investment in local and regional businesses.While noting that the Bank is “very pleased by these achievements”, the Managing Director acknowledged that they did not result solely from the DBJ’s efforts, but involved collaborations with AFIs and microfinance institutions as well as fund managers and business service intermediaries.“Also of tremendous significance is the support from our international development partners, such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and World Bank,” he pointed out.“Over the years, we have developed partnerships with a critical group of institutions and organisations that share our mission, and we are deeply grateful for their support and belief in what we do at the DBJ,” the Managing Director added.Noting that the DBJ is Jamaica’s foremost development bank, Mr. Reynolds said its role in nation-building is reinforced by “our focus on economic growth and development”.The National Business Model Competition, which commenced in 2014, encourages and promotes entrepreneurship on the campuses of Jamaica’s colleges and universities.Participating institutions in this year’s renewal, which runs from March 22 to 23, include the University of the West Indies; University of Technology; Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; and Northern Caribbean University, which has won the competition since its inception.The winner will represent Jamaica at the International Business Model Competition, slated for May10 to 11 in the United States. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Labour Force Survey Data for June 2011

first_imgNova Scotia’s employment increased by 3,800 jobs from May to June 2011, according to Statistics Canada Labour force survey information released today, July 8. The province’s unemployment rate is 8.7 per cent, down from nine per cent the month before. There was an increase of 9,200 in full-time employment which offset part-time job losses of 5,500. Nova Scotia’s total labour workforce was 496,000. The survey indicates that private service sectors such as transportation and information and culture experienced employment gains while public service sectors such as health and public administration had net job reductions. Employment in goods sectors was unchanged last month. More information on recent labour market results for Nova Scotia will be available later today at the economics and statistics section of the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance .last_img read more

UN human rights chief joins condemnation of deadly West Bank attack

2 September 2010The United Nations human rights chief today added her voice to the chorus of condemnation of the killing of four Israeli citizens in the West Bank this week and urged that the perpetrators be brought to justice. The four civilians, who reportedly included a pregnant woman, were shot dead on Tuesday night as they travelled in a car near the city of Hebron in the occupied Palestinian territory.Another two people were wounded in a separate attack yesterday, and Hamas has reportedly claimed responsibility.Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued a statement deploring the attacks which, “as well as being abhorrent in themselves, also appear to be aimed at undermining the current round of peace talks.”Direct peace talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas – the first such talks between the two sides in nearly two years – began today in Washington D.C.In her statement Ms. Pillay also stressed that the perpetrators of this week’s attacks in the West Bank “can be held accountable under international criminal law.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry have already issued their own statements expressing condemnation of Tuesday’s attack. read more

Moe rejects calls for byelections to replace MLAs running for federal office

Premier Scott Moe will not be calling byelections to replace two departing MLAs, citing a desire to be “prudent” with taxpayer dollars while defending their decision to accept severance payments.Former MLAs Corey Tochor of Saskatoon Eastview and Warren Steinley of Regina Walsh Acres both announced they were resigning their seats on Wednesday, the official start of a federal campaign where both are running for the Conservatives.Moe is not required to call byelections for their seats because 40 months have elapsed since the last provincial election. The opposition NDP has called that a “loophole” that will leave constituents without representation for about 14 months. But Moe disagreed, pointing to the high cost of byelections.“We won’t be calling a byelection,” he said. “First of all, it would be about $700,000 to call a byelection. The legislation that was put in place under the previous administration clearly states that one should not be called at this point in time.”He said neighbouring MLAs will pick up the slack left by Steinley and Tochor “to ensure the people of these constituencies in our two largest centres will be well served.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Both became eligible to receive several months worth of transitional allowance upon resignation, according to rules set by both parties in the legislature. The former MLAs have said they will follow “past precedent,” with Steinley’s office clarifying that means he will accept the payment.But neither Moe nor Speaker Mark Docherty could immediately cite any cases that closely paralleled the case of the two departing MLAs, who could theoretically receive provincial payments while serving in federal office. The rules do not explicitly provide any exception for that eventuality.Neither Steinley nor Tochor responded to inquiries about what they will do with the money if elected as MPs.Asked whether he would recommend refusal, Moe noted that the severance packages “are not large” and suggested they’re meant to cushion MLAs from the uncertainty of public office.“They are put in place understanding that the elected members careers are generally not lifelong careers,” he said.He gave no signal that he’s willing to review the rules that provide for the payments.“It would be a caucus discussion and ultimately into a discussion with all parties in the house,” he said. “But we have not had it to this point in time and are not intending to have it to my knowledge.”Steinley has defended his decision to resign and campaign for federal office in similar terms to those used by Moe, noting that other Regina MLAs can fill his shoes in the 14 months before the next general election.He’s told voters he sees important tasks ahead in Ottawa. He also noted that it’s not up to him to decide whether or not byelections are called.The federal election will take place on Oct. 21. Steinley is running in Regina—Lewvan, while Tochor is seeking to represent Saskatoon—University in the House of Commons.awhite-crummey@posmedia.com read more

Large Canadian investors expected to continue bulking up on infrastructure

Large Canadian investors expected to continue bulking up on infrastructure MONTREAL – With stock markets volatile and interest rates at historic lows, institutional investors are turning to infrastructure deals, such as Quebec’s Caisse de depot’s $850-million investment in the Eurostar high-speed rail network.Macky Tall, the Caisse’s senior vice-president for private equity and infrastructure, says it will continue to seek out additional infrastructure investments particularly in the United States as it aims to double its $10-billion infrastructure portfolio in a few years.He said the pension fund manager remains interested in Australia, where it invested in the Port of Brisbane, and is also looking at a few deals in emerging countries such as Mexico.But it remains cautious about Europe despite the Eurostar deal which he described as “a unique opportunity” to acquire a quality asset.The Caisse signed a deal to buy a 30 per cent stake in Eurostar from the British government, while its consortium partner, Britain’s Hermes Infrastructure, will acquire own the remaining 10 per cent being sold by government.France’s national railway company would continue to control 55 per cent of Eurostar and the Belgian equivalent would hold the remaining five per cent of the company which provides high-speed train service between London and the continent.Despite the Caisse’s caution towards Europe, there is an increasing pipeline of opportunities as governments unload investments and private companies sell non-core assets, said Frederic Bastien, a financial analyst at Raymond James.He said Brookfield Infrastructure Partners has identified $50 billion of opportunities, including airports, toll roads, utilities, telecom and water, in countries like Spain that were hit hard by the financial crisis.Former Caisse executive Michel Nadeau says infrastructure investments are a safe alternative to overpriced stocks and real estate assets.He says large Canadian pension funds like OMERS, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan are also interested in these type of investments because they help to diversify portfolios and generate cash flow in stable countries.Analyst Maxim Sytchev of Dundee Capital Markets said there are many available investments in the world for ports, toll roads, bridges, airports and maturing public-private partnerships.Among them is the Highway 407 toll road in Toronto. SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) is considering selling its stake as it has done with Alberta’s electricity transmission service AltaLink and other concession investments.Tall declined to say if the Caisse would be interested in Highway 407, but Nadeau doubts the pension fund manager would return after selling its investment a few years ago. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 4, 2015 1:08 pm MDT read more

RG III Rob Parker Suspended by ESPN QB Practices

ESPN was left with virtually no wiggle room. It had to discipline Rob Parker in some way for his misguided comments about Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III. And the network did, suspending him indefinitely.Meanwhile, Griffin practiced for the third straight day, sparking optimism that the dynamic rookie quarterback is recovering well from a mild knee sprain and could play Sunday in Cleveland against the Browns. The Redskins do not plan to make a decision on Griffin’s status until game time.The Redskins are in a battle for a playoff spot, making the outcome crucial. If the New York Giants lose to the 11-2 Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys fall to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Redskins win, they would bolt first place in the NFC East. Be certain Griffin is aware of this, and would want to go.There is a chance the team would hold him out if it believed he would risk further injury.Speaking of injury, Parker hurt his career. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said: “Following yesterday’s comments, Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice. We are conducting a full review.”In case you missed it, Parker, appearing on ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday, was asked about Griffin’s role as a black quarterback. Parker proceeded to bury himself, questioning Griffin’s “blackness.” “Is he a brother or a cornball brother?” said Parker, who is black. “He’s black. . .But he’s not black. He’s not down with the cause.”He added: “We all know he has a white fiancée,” he said. “There was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which, there’s no information [about that] at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper as to why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods was like, I’ve got black skin, but don’t call me black. So people got to wondering about Tiger Woods early on.”Outrage ensued, particularly from the black community, which was offended that Parker would suggest an affable, engaging, humble athlete was not “black enough.”Robert Griffin II, the quarterback’s father, told USA Today Sports Thursday night : “I wouldn’t say it’s racism. I would just say some people put things out there about people so they can stir things up.”DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, told The Washington Post in an email Friday: “Robert can certainly take care of himself. Nonetheless, I hope that our men and for that matter, my own kids, will never beg for authenticity from someone who can only talk about the things that other people have the courage to do. People need to be held accountable for the offensive things that they say.” read more

VIDEO Chema dancing with Karabatic brothers

Hungarian MVM Veszprem beat PSG HAndball 28:20 in the derby match of VELUX EHF Champions League Round 9. One of the heroes of important win on the way to the first place in the Preliminary Group was Spanish playmaker Chema Rodriguez with a spectacular way to beat his opponents, in this case, brothers Karabatić. chema rodriguezveszprem ← Previous Story Skjern or Motor to face Meshkov – La Rioja or Porto Next Story → LOVE IS IN THE AIR: When young gives lesson to older one…

Column RAG Week when it began where it all went wrong and

first_imgRAG Ireland is a network of student led hubs mobilising young people to create a brighter future for the country. Their hubs are committed to inspiring and motivating students to get out there in their communities fundraising, volunteering and starting their own projects to solve age old problems. It was founded only 18 months ago by a group of students who felt more needed to be done to help get young people involved. They work with 5 hubs across the country, with 1,500 members and a looser network of roughly 4,000. This will increase to 10 hubs and 3,000 members during the 2013/2014 academic year. RAG of the FutureAround 18 months ago in DCU, a friend and I decided enough was enough; we were fed up of non-stop talk of unemployment and emigration. We just got so fed up with being passengers in our own futures that we decided to do something.We wanted to try make Ireland a better place but there just didn’t seem any options available to us. “Well RAG that has something to do with charity doesn’t it? We wondered aloud one day”. We looked at the work that had been done in the UK and knew that RAG could be everything we were looking for, it was edgy, fresh, innovative and inclusive.We took the “RAG concept”, the problem child of the Irish student experience and decided to create RAG Ireland, a new organisation aimed at getting our generation to play their role in Ireland.We knew our RAG had to be different to anything else that was there in Ireland or the UK. We knew that students wanted to be involved, wanted to make a difference. This meant not only would we need to operate all year-round but we needed to move away from simply fundraising – many students wanted to get more hands on and volunteer, many more wanted to probe social problems with their ideas which they believed could bring about a better future.Fundraising, volunteering and community projectsWhat started in DCU in September 2011 with two students has blossomed in the short space of 18 months, we now have 1,500 members on five campuses (Mary I, St Pats, DCU, UL, IT Tralee) across the country actively fundraising, volunteering and starting up community projects. And our growth continues, we predict that by this time next year we will be working with upwards of 3,000 students on over ten campuses.Its working – according to Thomas McCormack St Patrick’s College of Education Students Union President “RAG Ireland began working with our students this year to set up a RAG hub and even within the space a few months the understanding of the RAG brand has totally transformed. I’m sure that whoever thought of RAG week would be incredibly proud to see the dedication, passion and energy that the Raising and Giving students show each and every week in trying to make a difference to Ireland. It has definitely brought a new-found vibrancy to charitable activities on our campus”.You can have great craic but give back at the same time, last week our guys in DCU organised a “RAG’s Shifting Flash Mob”, in a few weeks in UL we will have “The RAG Nearly Naked Mile” all to raise money for charity. Furthermore, we are getting young people out there doing what they are good at, if you’re an inter-county footballer why not share your skills with kids from a disadvantaged area, if you’re a techie why not design a new website for your local community group or if you love rap music, use it to teach history. We encourage students to bend rules, push boundaries; together we can solve some of Ireland’s biggest problems.RAG beginning to mean something differentStudents see RAG as their way of making a difference, many now realise that their passion, creativity and energy is vital to Ireland, they see how they can play a role and they are playing it.“There is a lot of negativity around being a young person at the moment; I was as guilty as anyone of buying into it all. I always thought I was the only one who cared about all these things that were wrong in our society, RAG has showed me that I’m not alone, in fact most of my friends care deeply about the future of our country, and we have just never been given a platform to do anything about it”.  Kevin, 22,  UL.The future of RAG is bright, the headlines might be dominated by the media frenzy around RAG Week but RAG is rapidly beginning to mean something different to students all over the country. RAG is the all about what can be, it is our generation’s vehicle to a better future – come on let’s give it a lash!!If you want to get involved in join the RAG Society on your campus. If you don’t have one contact info@ragireland.ie for further info on how to start one. RAG WEEK – a week of mischief and mayhem, hazy memories and hangover cures, wicked craic and worn-out wallets. The social highlight of the student calendar!!RAG Week – late night revellers and drink fuelled flare-ups, public order offences and noise pollution, harassment and anti-social behaviour.RAG Week is definitely a topic which provokes strong emotions. What is RAG all about? Where did RAG Week come from? What does the future hold for RAG?History of RAGThe verb “to rag” was commonly used in the late 1800s in the UK, its meaning was to pester or badger someone. It is thought that the term rag came into common usage amongst students around this time as university students noticing inequalities in society began to take time out of their studies “to rag” members of the public to donate items to clothe the most vulnerable members of society.Throughout the years RAG evolved to stand for “Raise & Give” and in the UK has become the focal point of student fundraising. Most Universities have their own RAG societies which work around the year to raise money for causes in need – some with incredible success. Last year for example in 2012 Leeds RAG donated over £320,000 to non-profits in need.RAG in IrelandIt is unclear when the RAG concept came to Ireland and furthermore when it evolved into a stand-alone RAG Week. Reports as far back as the 1950s show RAG week to be a high-jinx affair. In fact RAG Week was banned by UCD authorities around this time, after a number of high profile pranks including the “kidnapping of sales girls from Clerys”.If you look back over the history of RAG weeks in Ireland there seems to be a constant clash – university vs the student. NUIG are not the first university to come down heavy handed on students with the hope of slapping them back into line. They are not the first to fail either.In recent years RAG Week has remained in the headlines. Constant efforts have been made by University authorities and Student’s Unions to rebrand and re-orientate this problem week. The majority of which have failed.What many colleges have failed to grasp is RAG is a concept which originates from the students, it belongs to the students and if anyone is going to change it, it has to come from the students. A top-down approach cannot always work.Is this a realistic possibility you may ask? I fundamentally believe it is!last_img read more

Be the Paddle in LifeSized Interactive Pong Game

first_img Laser Technology Uncovers Ancient Maya CivilizationFord is teaching autonomous cars to drive in the snow Moment Factory Lab is taking social gaming to a new level with GRiD, a life-sized version of Pong—in which you are the paddle.The Quebec-based multimedia studio worked for a year to translate iconic ’70s gameplay into an “innovative form” using a LIDAR sensor.It turns out the same technology that controls and navigates autonomous cars can also follow people in public spaces.“After writing some custom software to detect point cloud clusters (moving humans), we tested it in our black box and were impressed with its accuracy,” according to a blog announcement.(via Moment Factory Lab)Turning Moment Factory employees into gaming guinea pigs, the firm slowly evolved GRiD, collecting reactions and feedback to help inform each new version of the oversized competition.“This allowed us to fine-tune the speed of the gameplay, and inspired us to spice it up by adding some unexpected effects,” the company said.The first project incubated by the Moment Factory Lab, GRiD was born from a desire to uncover how interactive affordances can enable play in public spaces.“To explore this question, it was obvious we needed to build something—something that would transform the city into a playground and engage passersby,” the team explained.But also something that is simple and intuitive enough for anyone to step in at any time, with game mechanics easily controlled by the body and increasingly difficult levels that can be completed quickly.Despite a meager 21st century revival of arcade video games, the golden age of coin-operated cabinets is long gone. Still, titles like Space Invaders, Pac-Man, and Pong live on as pop culture memories.One of the earliest video games (certainly the first commercial success), Atari’s Pong was created by Allan Alcorn and Nolan Bushnell as a training exercise. The two-dimensional sports game simulates table tennis: players control in-game paddles by moving them vertically across the left or right side of the screen.GRiD works the same way, except you are the paddle, jogging back and forth to return the digital volley.Since its debut at the MAPP_MTL Montreal International Mapping Festival, GRiD has proved a great success.(via Moment Factory Lab)“At first, [people] were caught off guard by the unexpected changes in gameplay,” Moment Factory said. “But quickly they began to figure them out, and wanted to play again to improve.”Like any sporting event, spectators gathered around and teams formed, “spurred on by cheers of encouragement.”“Witnessing these spontaneous social connections, it immediately became clear that we were rediscovering a social dimension of games that has been missing since the sudden death of arcades in the ’90s,” the company continued. “It was so refreshing to be playing with a person you could see, and to be moving your whole body.”The technology is still “a bit expensive,” but worth it for Moment Factory, which hopes this kind of public interaction “gets more and more people out of their living rooms and playing together.”GRiD is the first installment in a series of arcade-themed prototypes under construction by Moment Factory Lab.View as: One Page Slides1. Step up to the plate(via Moment Factory Lab)2. Two against two(via Moment Factory Lab)3. Teamwork makes the dream work(via Moment Factory Lab)4. Two-on-two(via Moment Factory Lab)5. A splash of color(via Moment Factory Lab)6. There are a few surprises(via Moment Factory Lab)7. Goooaaal!(via Moment Factory Lab) Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Defence Crossexamines Police Officer In ExNEDI Coordinator Co Trial

first_imgBy Rohey Jadama Barrister Edward Gomez, defence Counsel, has cross- examined Modou Gaye, a police officer and third prosecution witness (PW3) in the trial involving Pa Malick Ceesay, former Coordinator of National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI) and also the erstwhile National Assembly Member for Lower Saloum Constituency, and Ismaila Njie, the former Accountant of NEDI.The state was represented by Hadi Saleh Bakum, the Director of Public Prosecutions, and the accused persons were represented by Counsel Edward A. Gomez. When PW3 was asked by the defence whether he had earlier told the court that he headed the investigation of the accused persons, he responded in the positive. “Now in doing so did you appraise yourself with NEDI?” enquired the defence counsel. The witness responded in the positive. “Are you satisfied that NEDI was properly constituted according to law?” asked Counsel Gomez. The witness replied in the positive. Barrister Gomez asked, “Are you equally satisfied that the accused persons were strictly complying according to financial instructions?” quizzed lawyer Gomez. “No”, responded the witness. Barrister Gomez asked, “Were you satisfied that at the very inception of NEDI the staff operating in the institution were properly constituted?” “I don’t know. Barrister Gomez asked, “Did you find out whether the accused persons  are servants working under a contract?” The witness answered, “ “They were employed as civil servants.” Barrister Gomez asked, “Did you find out whether there was any contract between them and the Gambia government?” The witness answered, “All I know was that they were civil servants.” Barrister Gomez asked, “Did you find out whether they were acting on contract with NEDI?” The witness answered, “Yes because they provided their appointment letters to the panel and the second accused persons own was given to us and we put it in our file, while the first accused claimed that he could not find his appointment letter.” Barrister Gomez asked, “In which year was it dated?” The witness replied, “I can’t remember.” Barrister Gomez said, “I put it to you that at the inception of NEDI matters operated in a round circle.” The witness answered, “I do not agree to that.” Barrister Gomez added, “I further put it to that the accused were volunteers at the time and they were not paid salaries but allowances.” The witness answered, “I don’t agree to that.” Barrister Gomez asked, “Why don’t you agree because this statement is not true?” The witness replied, “Yes.” Barrister Gomez asked, “You will also agree that the ministry responsible was not operating under financial instruction?” The witness replied, “I may not know whether the ministry was operating as such because we were investigating NEDI not the ministry.” Barrister Gomez asked, “Do you remember telling this court on equivocally that the secretary of state responsible was not compliant with Financial Instructions?” The witness replied, “I did not say that. What I said was no loan should have been given by NEDI without the Secretary of state initiating it.” The defence counsel asked the PW3 whether NEDI was operating in the purview of a line ministry in violation of financial instruction. In response, the witness insisted that NEDI was an institution of its own. “Officer I put it to you that you are contradicting yourself and I will elucidate  that contradiction, you told this court that the Secretary of state was to initiate a loan therefore NEDI was not an isolated institution but an appendage of a ministry,” said barrister Gomez. “Yes”, admitted the witness. At this juncture, Lawyer Gomez applied for an adjournment for him to be served with the exhibits tendered in court and to go through the said exhibits and which was granted by the court. The case will resume on the 9 July, 2015 at 11am for continuation of hearing.last_img read more