Editing With Custom Resolutions & Frame Rates in FCPX

first_imgLearn how to “trick” Final Cut Pro X into working with any resolution or frame rate.One ongoing frustration for many Final Cut Pro X editors is the inability to work with custom resolutions and frame rates.  With FCPX, Apple attempted to simplify many things, one of which being the ability to dial in unique frame sizes and rates.  You’re relegated to use the presets that come with Final Cut Pro X…or so it would seem.Several video pros have devised their own solution for overcoming this Final Cut Pro X limitation by forcing FCPX to adapt to the properties of a particular clip.  The trick then to editing with custom resolutions and frames rates in Final Cut Pro X is to create a clip with the custom attributes you desire.  Each of the solutions below address similar ways to tackle this FCPX workaround.  Find out which one is right for you:CUSTOM CLIPS with MPEG STREAMCLIPEditing plugin maker and post production guru Alex Gollner (we’ve posted about his great plug-ins previously) says the trick for getting custom frame rates and resolutions in FCX is to “create the timeline in a composite clip stored in an event.”  To do this you’ll need to have a clip with the desired settings.  He suggests you create it from a .JPG file in the free MPEG Streamclip video converting application.  More information on Alex’s approach here.Apple Motion: Create Compound ClipVideo editor T. Peyton posted a great video tutorial over at Creative Cow that showcases his approach to tackling this Final Cut Pro X issue.  He suggests that you can easily create a custom clip using Apple Motion, and then bring that clip into FCPX to create a timeline with custom resolution.  If you often work in unique resolutions and frame rates (say, vertical orientation video) then it’s a good idea to save these clips in a Presets Templates folder in FCPX so they’re easily accessible for future projects.  Get the rundown on how to modify the frame size and resolution in FCPX using Motion in this video tutorial (link to original Creative Cow post here):Larry Jordan: Compressor’s GeometryThe “godfather” of Final Cut Pro shares several tips for customizing your FCPX project resolution, including those mentioned above.  In addition, he personally contacted Apple to get their input on how to deal with this issue.  Apple suggests editing your projects using the presets in FCPX and then changing the frame rate and resolution in Compressor after export.  Modifying Compressor’s “Geometry” tab allows you to dial in custom frame sizes.  Personally, this seems like a bit of a backwards approach (Larry agrees that “it would really be helpful if FCP X could create custom image sizes”) but this workaround is worth sharing for anyone interested in tackling it this way.Perhaps Apple will add this feature to future updates, but in the meantime these handy workarounds make it possible to work with custom frame sizes and resolution in Final Cut Pro X!last_img read more

Test captaincy is challenging but things will get easier with time: Sarfraz Ahmed

first_imgDays after being assigned the job of leading Pakistan cricket team in all the three formats, Sarfraz Ahmed has insisted that although Test captaincy is quite challenging, things will get better with time.At a reception held at the Prime Minister’s residence in honour of Pakistan’s Champions Trophy victory, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan announced that he had offered the role of Test captaincy to Sarfraz, who had accepted it.Sarfraz, who was already leading the Pakistan in T20I and ODI formats, was rewarded with the country’s Test captaincy after he led the national team to an elusive Champions Trophy title in England.”Test captaincy is a challenge but things will get easier with time,” the Dawn quoted Sarfraz as saying.While speaking at a gathering held in his honour at Karachi Press Club on Thursday, Sarfraz also said that if the international teams could play in England despite all the issues then they should also visit Pakistan to play cricket”Pakistan cricket has lost a lot owing to an absence of international cricket, and it is time for international teams to recognise us. We have not played cricket at home for the past nine years,” he said.Sarfraz further insisted that despite home-like conditions in UAE, playing at home is a completely different experience.Meanwhile, the wicketkeeper-batsman also admitted that it would be difficult to fill in the void left by former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and experienced batsman Younis Khan.”It would be difficult to replace Misbah and Younis,” Ahmed said while also expressing hope that batsmen like Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, and Asad Shafiq would step up for the team.advertisementSarfraz took over the T20I captaincy from all-rounder Shahid Afridi after the 2016 World T20 and became ODI captain when Azhar Ali resigned in February this year.It would be the first time in five years that Pakistan would be led by a single man across formats.Sarfraz’s Test captaincy debut will be against Sri Lanka in the UAE, which will comprise three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is starting October 19.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo escapes criminal charges in 2009 rape case in Las Vegas

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo won’t face criminal charges after a woman accused the soccer star of raping her in his suite at a Las Vegas resort more than 10 years ago, a top prosecutor said Monday.A new investigation by Las Vegas police failed to show that Kathryn Mayorga’s claim could be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said.”Therefore, no charges will be forthcoming,” Wolfson said in a statement.The decision represented a victory on one of two legal tracks tied to the 2009 allegation against one of the most recognizable and highly paid players in sports.In a lawsuit still pending in federal court, Mayorga alleges that she was pressured to sign an agreement to keep quiet in exchange for $375,000. Her lawyers want to void the deal and collect at least $200,000 more from Ronaldo.Ronaldo’s attorneys have acknowledged that the soccer star and Mayorga had consensual sex in June 2009, but they denied it was rape. Attorney Peter Christiansen was traveling Monday and wasn’t immediately available to comment.Attorneys for Mayorga, a former model and school teacher, did not immediately respond to telephone, text and email messages.The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but Mayorga gave consent through her lawyers to make her name public.Her lawsuit says she met Ronaldo at a nightclub and went with him and other people to his suite at the Palms Hotel and Casino, where he assaulted her in a bedroom. Afterward, she signed a non-disclosure agreement under pressure from “fixers” trying to protect Ronaldo’s reputation, her lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, has said.advertisementThe lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas accuses Ronaldo or those working for him of conspiracy, defamation, breach of contract, coercion and fraud for allegedly allowing terms of the settlement to become public in European publications.Her attorneys say Mayorga never wanted her name released but became worried that she would be identified after a 2017 media report apparently referred to the encounter.Her lawyers have said in federal court documents that they were having trouble personally serving Ronaldo with legal filings. A judge has given them an Oct. 28 deadline.Ronaldo plays in Italy for the Turin-based soccer club Juventus. He played previously for Manchester United in England and Real Madrid in Spain, where he earned a then-record sum of 94 million euros, or about $130 million.Mayorga underwent a medical exam to collect DNA evidence shortly after she alleges Ronaldo assaulted her. Police closed their investigation in 2009 because Mayorga neither identified her attacker by name nor said where the alleged rape took place, said Wolfson, the elected prosecutor in Las Vegas.Police have said she identified her attacker only as a European soccer player.”As a result, the police were unable to … conduct any meaningful investigation,” Wolfson said Monday. “Detectives were unable to search for and impound vital forensic evidence. In addition, video evidence, showing interactions between the victim and perpetrator before and after the alleged crime, was lost.”The investigation was reopened in last year at the request of Mayorga’s attorneys, shortly before they sued Ronaldo. She spoke again with police, and authorities this year obtained a sample of Ronaldo’s DNA through Italian authorities.Police did not immediately respond Monday to messages about the case.Read more | Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and 4 other I-League clubs write to FIFA asking for helpAlso see:last_img read more

9 months agoZenit midfielder Leandro Paredes agrees Chelsea contract terms

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredes agrees Chelsea contract termsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveZenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes has agreed terms, it has been revealed.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, after victory over Newcastle United on Saturday, declared he wanted to see a replacement for Cesc Fabregas after his departure for AS Monaco.Gazzetta dello Sport says Paredes has been lined up by the Blues and already settled personal terms.Now Chelsea must reach an agreement with Zenit over a fee for the Argentine.An opening offer of £27m has already been lodged. last_img read more

Brazil hit five to topple Peru

first_imgBrazil thumped Peru 5-0 to reach the Copa America quarter-finals by topping Group A.The tournament hosts were far too good for Ricardo Gareca’s side at Arena Corinthians on Saturday, scoring three goals in the first half and extending their run of Copa clean sheets.Casemiro’s first Brazil goal opened the scoring and Roberto Firmino quickly made it 2-0, with Everton’s superb drive adding to the Selecao’s lead before the break. Captain Dani Alves and Willian scored fine goals after the interval before Gabriel Jesus saw a late penalty saved. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The next opponents for Tite’s side will be set when Groups B and C conclude, while Peru must wait for other results to see if finishing third behind Venezuela is enough to see them through.FIM DE JOGO!5 x 0 | #JogaBola #BRAxPER #CopaAmérica pic.twitter.com/HWV6KO7rPj— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 22, 2019Brazil bundled in an untidy opening goal in the 12th minute when Peru failed to defend a Philippe Coutinho corner from the left wing.Marquinhos somehow headed against the inside of the post from point-blank range and was fortunate the ball bounced up perfectly for Casemiro to make sure, with Brazil soon doubling their lead with a similarly strange goal.Firmino charged down a clearance from goalkeeper Pedro Gallese and appeared to celebrate prematurely before the ball rebounded off the post, but the Liverpool forward recovered his composure to round the goalkeeper and slot into the open goal with a trademark no-look finish.Everton, who impressed off the bench in Brazil’s first two games, made it 3-0 before the break with a drilled 20-yard finish after cutting in off the left wing.Brazil hit top gear with a brilliant fourth goal in the 53rd minute. Barcelona midfielder Arthur was heavily involved in the build-up before Alves swapped passes with Firmino and smashed his finish home.Coutinho’s fine performance was rewarded with warm applause when he was substituted in the closing stages, his replacement Willian curling in an unstoppable fifth.And Gallese salvaged some pride in added time by denying Jesus from the penalty spot after bringing down the Brazil forward.What does it mean? Brazil recapture rhythm at lastAfter toiling in their opening two Copa matches Tite’s side found fluency, albeit against a poor Peru outfit few would have guessed had taken four points from their Copa campaign. The Selecao – brushing off pre-match accusations Tite had spied on Peru training with a drone – looked more balanced and clinical in the final third, which bodes well for the last eight.Everton proves a worthy Neymar deputyWith an injured ankle keeping Brazil’s star man out of the tournament, Gremio winger Everton showed why he is being linked with a move to the Premier League ahead of the new season. His second goal of this year’s Copa America took advantage of Gallese’s poor positioning.2 – Against Peru, Everton scored his second goal in the 2019 Copa America, both from outside the box; only Chile’s Eduardo Vargas has scored as many goals from long range in this tournament. Talent.#CopaAmerica pic.twitter.com/dm8uqdtir3— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 22, 2019Gallese errors decisive for PeruDespite conceding a soft opener, Peru were still in the game before Gallese dallied on the ball and hit his clearance into Firmino. The goalkeeper then looked to be beaten far too easily at his near post by Everton for Brazil’s third.Key Opta facts- Brazil have lost just one of their last 19 meetings with Peru in all competitions (W12 D6), with that loss coming in the 2016 Copa America (0-1).- Brazil have kept a clean sheet in each of their last nine Copa America home games (W6 D3) – they last conceded at home in this competition against Venezuela, in 1989.- Brazil scored eight goals in the 2019 Copa America group stage, their most in this stage in the 21st century.- Brazil have defeated a CONMEBOL nation by 5+ goals in a Copa America game for the first time since the 2007 quarter-finals (6-1 v Chile).- Aged 36 years and 47 days, Dani Alves became the oldest Brazilian player to score in a Copa America game of, at least, the last 96 years.- Everton scored his second goal in the 2019 Copa America, both from outside the box; only Chile’s Eduardo Vargas has scored as many goals from long range in this tournament.What’s next?Brazil will be back in action on Thursday against an opponent yet to be determined. Peru’s fate lies out of their hands and will depend on how Groups B and C finish in the coming days.  read morelast_img read more

Ohio State Freshman Suspended For Season Opener

first_imgUrban Meyer rallying his team up before a game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 12: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes rallies his team during the pregame warmups before taking on Hawaii at Ohio Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Last month, Ohio State freshman defensive back Marcus Hooker was arrested for DUI. Today, Urban Meyer announced Hooker’s punishment.Hooker will be suspended for the season opener against Oregon State on Sept. 1. The three-star recruit will be eligible to play starting in Week 2 against Rutgers.Hooker, a New Castle, Pa. native, was arrested by Neshannock Township police on in late June.“Marcus James Hooker, 18, of New Castle, by Neshannock Township police with driving under the influence, disregarding traffic lane, careless driving, no rear lights and purchase of alcoholic beverage by a minor,” read the original report.Ohio State safety Marcus Hooker will be suspended for the first game of the season after his DUI arrest this summer.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) July 24, 2018Hooker was the 60th-rated cornerback and 20th-rated player in Pennsylvania in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He will begin his OSU career at safety.The 6-foot, 185-pound Hooker is the younger brother of former Ohio State star and current Indianapolis Colts defensive back Malik Hooker.Ohio State’s season opener against Oregon State is set for noon ET at Ohio Stadium.The game will be televised on ABC.last_img read more

Phoolan Devi story set to return as web series

first_imgA quarter century after Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen generated a massive worldwide buzz following its premiere in Directors’ Fortnight in 1994, the epochal film’s producer, Bobby Bedi, has firmed up plans for a 20-episode web series on the life and death of Phoolan Devi, the dreaded Chambal dacoit-turned-Member of Parliament who was assassinated in the heart of Delhi in July 2001. The web series, titled ‘Phoolan Devi’, will be directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, with Tannishtha Chatterjee taking on the role of the protagonist. Dhulia was the casting director of Bandit Queen. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveSpeaking on the sidelines of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, Bedi reveals that the web series will go into production within the next few months. It will be spread out over two seasons of 10 episodes each. “The first season will end with Phoolan’s eight-year prison term, while the second will largely cover the years in the aftermath of her release,” he says. “Her prison term was extended by four years, but within two years of her release she became a Member of Parliament,” says Bedi. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back pain”Bandit Queen hinged on how a woman had to suffer huge indignities in rural India on account of being low caste. It focused on crushing caste oppression. In an urban setting, conversely, she demonstrated the political power of a low-caste woman,” says Bedi. For a long time, the New Delhi-based producer had toyed with the idea of doing a sequel to Bandit Queen. “Then the web space opened up and we realised it would be the best option because it allows the storyteller all the time to develop characters and settings,” he says. Bedi was sure from the very outset that he wanted Tannishtha for the role of Phoolan Devi. The actress came on board instantly once she was convinced that the web series would be completely unlike Bandit Queen in tone and substance. The new production is neither a sequel nor a remake the format is long enough to allow us to handle a wider canvas of the Phoolan story.last_img read more

In the news today June 19

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, June 19———CANNABIS BILL HEADS BACK TO SENATEA federal bill to legalize recreational cannabis was bounced back to the Senate on Monday, where the government’s representative argued it’s time to get on with lifting Canada’s almost century-old prohibition on marijuana. The House of Commons voted 205-82 to reject 13 amendments passed by Senate, including one which would have authorized provinces to prohibit home cultivation of marijuana plants if they choose. Senators now have to decide whether to defer to the will of the elected government or insist on some or all of their amendments, digging in for a protracted parliamentary battle.———CONSERVATIVES STEAL QUEBEC RIDING FROM LIBERALSThe Conservatives have stolen a Quebec riding away from Justin Trudeau’s ruling Liberals, in the first test of Andrew Scheer’s effort to recreate the nationalist-conservative coalition that helped federal Tories dominate the province in the 1980s. Conservative candidate Richard Martel captured 52.7 per cent of the vote in a federal byelection held in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord — more than 5,000 votes ahead of Liberal Lina Boivin, who took 29.5 per cent. Just 36 per cent of eligible voters bothered to cast ballots. The byelection was precipitated by the resignation of rookie Liberal MP Denis Lemieux.———CHARGE LAID IN TORONTO SUBWAY DEATHToronto police say a 57-year-old man faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of a man who was apparently pushed in front of a train at one of the city’s busiest subway stations Monday morning. Det. Rob North told a news conference Monday night that police are looking for witnesses to the incident. He also appealed for anyone who may know the victim, who has yet to be identified, to come forward. Toronto Transit Commission spokesman Brad Ross said intentional deaths on the subway system are extremely rare, adding the last case took place in 1997 when someone was deliberately pushed onto the tracks.———REMAINING PROTESTERS ARRESTED AT REGINA CAMPPolice have arrested protesters who remained at a camp on the lawn outside the Saskatchewan legislature, but said they would allow a sacred fire to burn down before removing a teepee from the site. Demonstrators at the “Justice for our Stolen Children” camp had been protesting racial injustice and the disproportionate number of Indigenous children apprehended by child-welfare workers. Police and government officials evicted most of the camp on Friday morning and the remaining people were supposed to have left the site by noon Sunday.———LOW-COST AIRLINES HOPE TO TAKE OFF IN CANADACompetition is heating up for Canada’s most price-sensitive travellers as WestJet Airlines gears up to launch the country’s second ultra-low cost airline Wednesday. Swoop, an offshoot of WestJet, will make its maiden flight on its pink and white aircraft before the sun rises in Hamilton, Ont. on a trip to Abbotsford, B.C. By discounting travel, Swoop, Flair Airlines and others are trying to repatriate the more than five million Canadians who cross the border to catch flights from airports in Buffalo and Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Birmingham, Wash.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— A general court martial will be held in Halifax for Sgt. Kevin MacIntyre, a military police officer accused of sexual assault— A judicial review will be held in the case of Abdoul Abdi, a former Somali child refugee who was never granted Canadian citizenship while growing up in foster care in Nova Scotia.— Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde to meet with federal, provincial and territorial ministers in Yellowknife on how to revitalize and protect First Nations languages.— Former NDP MP Paul Dewar launches his Youth Action Now initiative in support of youth leadership. He will also be recognized for his years of service to the community.— Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains makes an announcement on digital and data transformation.last_img read more

Stamps mark Canadian contribution to Apollo 11 moon mission as 50th anniversary

first_imgLONGUEUIL, Que. — Canada Post has issued a pair of commemorative stamps to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that landed humans on the moon for the first time — highlighting the Canadian minds and technology that made it happen safely.Neil Armstrong’s first steps on July 20, 1969 were watched by half a billion people worldwide and became a well-known milestone in human space exploration.But Canadian engineers working for NASA played a big part in the mission, including Jim Chamberlin, the first to realize first that flying directly to the moon wasn’t the best option. He would help develop the lunar orbit rendezvous — which involved descending to the surface aboard a landing module connected to the main spacecraft.Owen Maynard, one of Canada’s top aircraft engineers, sketched early designs of the command module used in Apollo and is credited as the person at NASA most responsible for the lunar lander.And a company based in Longueuil, Que., Heroux-Devtek, built the landing gear components for the lunar module, which technically were the first thing to touch the ground. They remain on the moon to this day at the Apollo 11 landing site.Sons of both Canadian engineers were on hand for the unveiling at a Heroux-Devtek plant today, alongside Gov. Gen. Julie Payette and dozens of collectors looking to snag the new stamp.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada to restart consultations with Indigenous groups on Trans Mountain

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsCanada announced Wednesday that it will not appeal a federal court’s recent ruling on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and says it will re-engage with First Nations and Métis communities impacted by the project.The announcement by Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi Wednesday morning comes amid ongoing debate around Canada’s duty to consult Indigenous peoples on the pipeline, and on resource projects developed on Indigenous lands more broadly.On Aug. 30 the Federal Court of Appeal ruled on a case brought forth by a number of First Nations, the Cities of Vancouver and Burnaby and the Government of British Columbia that the National Energy Board’s “process and findings were so flawed that the Governor in Council could not reasonably rely on the Board’s report,” and that Canada “failed to fulfil the duty to consult owed to Indigenous peoples.”Responding to that decision on Wednesday Sohi announced the federal government is appointing former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci to design and oversee a new consultation process in which Canada will “work to address concerns of First Nations and Métis communities to move forward in the right way on this project in accordance with the Court’s direction.”In May Canada announced it was buying the embattled pipeline—which has faced fierce opposition from Indigenous groups for years while garnering the support from some First Nations and Metis communities—from Texas oil giant Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion.At that time Indigenous leaders from a host of Nations and communities—and with grassroots people asserting their rights and jurisdiction on the ground in unceded Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, Musqueam, Sto:lo and Secwepemc territories—vehemently and publicly opposed the Trudeau government’s assertion that it would see the pipeline through to completion.Critics of the project maintain that in building a pipeline through their lands without Indigenous peoples’ free, prior and informed consent violates Aboriginal rights and contradicts Canada’s commitment to upholding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, including the imperative to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Following the federal court of appeal’s announcement in August Indigenous representatives gathered in Vancouver for a joint news conference. “It was a hard fight, but I’m glad today the courts heard the teachings of our culture, and our spirit, and how we carry ourselves,” Tsleil-Waututh Chief Reuben George announced.  “The people up here that represent the nations could have negotiated for millions, but we can’t put a price on the things that we love.”Asked by reporters how Canada will carry out its consultations with Indigenous groups, Sohi said Wednesday the feds “are going to engage in good faith and in a meaningful way,” adding Canada will “offer accommodation where accommodation is possible.”Sohi said the NEB is conducting its own review of marine shipping and the impacts on species at risk.Meanwhile, Canada will begin its consultation process, he added.“We will follow the direction that has been given to us by the federal court, [which] has said that meaningful consultation can take place in a focused and efficient manner.  “So with that we’ll be going into the communities with an open mind, and engaging and listening and learning from them, and accepting their help in designing and the input into how we need to move on this important project.”jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

Business partners claims against Winklevoss twins nixed

DOVER, Del. — A Delaware judge has rejected a business partner’s counterclaims against twin brothers who are best known for suing Mark Zuckerberg over the idea for Facebook.The judge ruled Friday that Stephen Shaw’s counterclaims against Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss were filed too late.The ruling comes in lawsuit filed by the Winklevoss brothers last year over their $1.3 million investment in Treats!, an online and print magazine that was founded by Shaw and offers nude and semi-nude photographs of models and celebrities.The brothers claim Shaw has mismanaged the magazine and squandered their money.Shaw says the twins reneged on an agreement to publicize their investment in the magazine and to use their name recognition following the release of “The Social Network,” a 2010 movie about Facebook, to help promote it.Randall Chase, The Associated Press read more

UN mission in Afghanistan deplores killing of deminers

11 July 2011The United Nations has strongly condemned the brutal killing of four de-miners in the western Afghan province of Farah, stating that attacks on those who deliver humanitarian services are totally unacceptable. The United Nations has strongly condemned the brutal killing of four de-miners in the western Afghan province of Farah, stating that attacks on those who deliver humanitarian services are totally unacceptable.The four – who worked for the De-mining Agency for Afghanistan – were among 31 individuals who were first abducted while working on life-saving activities in Balabuluk district on 6 July, according to a statement released by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).“De-miners are providing life-saving services to vulnerable Afghans regardless of any political, religious, ethnic or geographical consideration,” said Michael Keating, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan.The head of the Mine Action Coordination Centre for Afghanistan (MACCA), Alan Macdonald, said he was appalled by the killings, and called on all Afghans to “support and respect the efforts being made by their fellow countrymen to clear Afghanistan of landmines and other explosive remnants of war.”UNAMA stressed that attacks on those who deliver humanitarian services are against international humanitarian law, adding that such attacks are “totally unacceptable.”“The United Nations urges the Government and all those in a position of responsibility to do everything possible to investigate this unprecedented incident and to bring the perpetrators to justice,” the Mission said in a statement.The widespread and indiscriminate use of mines during more than two decades of conflict has turned Afghanistan into one of the world’s most heavily contaminated countries. Every month, an average of 40 people are killed or injured by landmines and explosive remnants of war in the country.So far more than 15,000 landmine-contaminated areas in Afghanistan – representing more than two-thirds of the affected territory – have been cleared and handed back to local communities. read more

UK now biggest EU market for Korean car brands underlining strength of

UK now largest EU new car market for Korean car brands, with some 190,215 vehicles registered in 2017.Korea is UK Auto’s third biggest Asian export market, behind only China and Japan, as demand for British-built cars quadruples since 2010.Mutual benefits of Korea-UK trade and innovation highlighted during SMMT trade mission to South Korea.The growing strength of the automotive relationship between the UK and South Korea was highlighted today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) during its trade mission to the country.Latest figures from the UK trade body show that Britain is now the largest new car market in the EU for Korean car brands. 190,215 British motorists chose cars with Korean badges last year – with Kia, Hyundai and SsangYong models accounting for around one in 13 (7.5%) of new car registrations – up from 60,460 (2.5%) ten years prior.1Meanwhile, British consumers are also responsible for boosting output at Korean car factories, with UK demand for models built in the country hitting record levels in 2017. The UK imported 103,078 Korean-made cars last year – up 93% since 2010. Over the same period, UK production of cars for Korean buyers has risen more than four-fold, with 20,698 models exported to the country last year,Korea is now Britain’s third largest Asian car export market after China and Japan, with growth due to an increasing appetite among Korean motorists for the UK’s wide range of premium, luxury and high performance automobiles. After Germany, the UK is the EU’s second biggest manufacturer of premium products, including synonymously British brands Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus, McLaren, MINI and Rolls Royce.The recent growth in bilateral trade has been enabled by the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA), applied in 2011, which enables cars and components to move across borders without tariffs. To ensure both markets can continue to benefit in future, it’s crucial that this arrangement remains in place beyond March 2019.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The UK’s automotive relationship with Korea goes back many years and today the motor trade between our two countries goes from strength-to-strength. Britain is one of the most important global markets for Korean manufacturers, and vice-versa, with consumers in both countries benefitting from a huge choice of cutting-edge models.With the UK’s reputation for world-class engineering, and its position as a test bed for the next generation of connected, autonomous and zero emission vehicles, strengthening our trade links with global automotive leaders such as Korea can only bring mutual success.The news comes as SMMT and a delegation of its UK-based members visit Korea this week on a trade mission to explore new business opportunities. The mission will provide a greater understanding for UK companies of the South Korean market and include visits to Seoul, Daegu and Gwangju.SMMT will also participate in the 4th Industrial Revolution Conference and Green Car Korea Show to demonstrate the capabilities of UK Automotive, including its highly productive workforce, collaborative government, favourable legislative environment and strong new car market, the largest in the EU for plug-in cars. Notes to editors1: 2007Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

EYEWITNESS Ducking…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS Facing…August 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”Eyewitness: Changing… …self-definitionsAugust 5, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Achieving standards…August 4, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …climate realityWell now that Irma tore up the West Indian “Greater Antilles” – especially some outcroppings like Barbuda – are we finally going to get some serious rethinking about the connection between these intensified storms, global warming and our carbon pollution? The short answer is NO!! And why is your usually non-committal Eyewitness being so adamant in his answer? Well just that the real Irma didn’t really hit Florida – just a tired, exhausted version!Now don’t think your Eyewitness WANTED Irma to do more damage… but if it had, especially after Harvey in Texas, then there definitely would’ve been some reflection by the Southern Bible Belters who form the core of Trump’s climate-change deniers. So while China and India will be going green, Trump and America will be pumping ever more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by fracking shale oil – and even coal.Now the East convinced us natives – in what’s now the “Third World” – that we were just ignorant sods because we didn’t do things “scientifically”. Using cow dung and other waste as manure?! Backward – not to mention disgusting! Artificial fertilisers like urea which is made from petroleum gas is better. Living in harmony with forests? Eweuuu! That’s for uncivilised pygmies and Indigenous Indians! Burn the forests down!But suddenly even though their own science and scientists assert conclusively that climate change is connected with the increasingly higher temperatures created by higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels – and  that’s causing havoc with our climate –  the cry by Trump is “What Climate Change and carbon emissions?” And the yokels follow their piper!Now one can say the truth was hidden from them by companies like Exxon, which we know hid the real data, their studies revealed – confirming the connection between carbon dioxide levels and climate change. But that’s not the whole truth, is it? The Americans that follow Trump don’t believe the scientists because to do so would force them to accept that five per cent of the world’s population shouldn’t be using us 25 per cent of the world’s resources including burning up nearly 25 per cent of the coal, 26 per cent of the oil, and 27 per cent of the world’s natural gas.This obviously would mean taking a cut in the ever-rising standard of living it takes to be number one in the world…and that’s a no no!! But while some may feel this is all academic to us Guyanese since hurricanes and such like will literally pass over our heads, there’s still that small matter of rising seas.With our mudland already five feet BELOW sea level, it wouldn’t take much to wash away those sea walls!…the ducksYour Eyewitness’ ears literally perked up when he read about the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) producing 408,000 ducklings last year. Now in the interest of fair disclosure, your Eyewitness has to admit he loves duck in any of the myriad forms it can be prepared – fried, curried, baked, bunjal, stewed, and most of all – roasted “Peking Duck” style. Ahhh…he has to sop up his salivation as he remembers those crisp, crackling paper-like skin of that roasted duck he had in China Town last month!!But he didn’t know the GLDA was not only selling the ducklings – that was but a mere seven per cent of what they sold to farmers, but the rest – amounting to over 1 MILLION pounds they sold off @ $250/lb!! Your Eyewitness’ better half nearly had a fit when she heard that. Here it was, she’d been buying WHOLE ducks at her local market – with feathers and all – @ $580 per scrawny lb!!So who’s been getting this MILLION pounds of duck practically free?…crimeThe Police reported there was a 41 per cent INCREASE in robbery with violence, but the Chronic decided to headline an 18 per cent DECREASE in murder.Looking at the world through rose-tinted glasses or propagating propaganda? read more

Panasonic adds 3D to 103 plasma display ups price to 102000

first_imgBack in 2006 Panasonic released the largest plasma display ever made at 103″. On its own it weighed 473 pounds which increased to 707 pounds with the stand.The screen was both too big, and too expensive at $71,000, for 99% of people to afford. But it must have sold because Panasonic has decided to give it an update and make it 3D capable.AdChoices广告The new model 103″ display now boasts 1080p, 3D, a 500 million-to-one contrast ratio, and all the connectors you could ever want or need (4x HDMI, 1x component, 1x S-video, 2x composite, 2x analog audio, 1x mini D-Sub. Power usage is sky high at 1,350 watts.While you’d think selling a TV for $71,000 might be a struggle even for the best sales team, Panasonic has decided the update to support 3D deserves a price increase. So a $31,000 premium has been applied taking the price up to $102,000. That’s almost a $1,000 an inch.The Panasonic TH-P103MT2 will be available from November 18 in Japan. Good luck getting one shipped to the U.S. for a reasonable price.Read more at AV Watch (translated), via MashableMatthew’s OpinionWhile Avatar may look great on a screen this big, who in their right mind would pay over $100,000 for a 700 pound unit? You can get 50″ displays for a fraction of this price and still enjoy a great viewing experience. What could possibly warrant the extra size and expense associated with such a screen?I think the days of very expensive large screen displays are numbered. The unveiling of a 19″ printed OLED TV at FPD International 2010 last week could be the start of a revolution in display manufacturing. If you can print a display, then going large shouldn’t take the price up to ridiculous levels. In fact it should bring the prices down. Power consumption is also going to be significantly lower due to the use of OLED instead of plasma which is known to be a power hog.Sales of this 103″ display are going to be limited, and I’d urge any company or individual considering one to think again. It’s just not worth it. Go buy the ultimate in home theater kit and couple it with a 50″ display, then bank the remaining $80,000 you have for a rainy day.last_img read more

Firefoxs four release channels explained

first_imgBy now, it should be easy to pick a browser. Most of you probably settled on a favorite ages ago, and it’s going to take some seriously cool new features — or a whole lot of crashing — to make you switch at this point. But even if you’re in love with your default you might be wondering if you’re running the right channel.Opera offers up Opera Next to its users. Google Chrome and Firefox both have four versions being worked on at any given time. Fortunately for Firefox users, Mozilla’s got a handy new  graphic that clearly shows what you can expect from each build — Stable, Beta, Aurora, and Nightly. To seasoned veterans of the web it’s a no brainer, but the image and a little explanation is handy for more casual users who want to know if the grass is greener on the other side.As you move from left to right on the list, the Firefox builds become more cutting edge and less polished. The Nightly build is where full-on experimentation happens. Features sometimes appear one day and disappear the next, crashing is to be expected, and not all of your favorite Firefox add-ons are going to work.Move over to Aurora, and you’ll be treated to the first taste of upcoming Firefox features in a (relatively) stable build. While you’ll get to play with these features early, there’s no guarantee they’ll ever make it to the Beta or Stable channels.Once Mozilla decides which features and tweaks make the cut, they’re pushed to the Beta channel. It’s the most stable of the pre-release builds, and you’re probably not going to experience many crashes or incompatibilities here. You will still get to check out the new additions before your less intrepid friends who don’t want to move away from the stable Firefox releases.Stable releases are the builds you read about, coming every six weeks and adding a handful of new features that have made it through the testing process. Bugs have been squashed, memory leaks plugged, and security issues resolved in the weeks following the Beta debut as Mozilla prepares to push the final release to the millions of Firefox users around the globe.For those of you who don’t need an explainer about the channels, Mozilla has also posted a release timeline. Print this out, and you’ll have no problem staying on top of what’s coming when.More at Mozillalast_img read more

Du méthane émis par locéan Arctique

first_imgDu méthane émis par l’océan Arctique ?La surface de l’océan Arctique engendrerait d’importantes quantités de méthane, un puissant gaz à effet de serre, contribuant alors à l’accélération du réchauffement climatique. C’est du moins ce qu’avancent des chercheurs de l’Institut de Technologie de Californie, après avoir enregistré des concentrations de méthane atmosphériques élevées au-dessus des eaux de surface de l’océan glacial.D’importantes émissions de gaz à effet de serre ont été mesurées par des chercheurs ayant survolé à plusieurs reprises l’océan Arctique, parfois jusqu’à 82 degrés de latitude nord. Dirigés par Eric Kort, de l’Institut de technologie de Californie (Caltech), les scientifiques ont relevé des concentrations élevées de méthane, un gaz près de vingt fois plus puissant que le dioxyde de carbone (CO2), près de la surface des eaux, et tout particulièrement au dessus des morceaux de glace flottant sur l’océan.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Dans une étude publiée par Nature Geoscience, et rapportée par l’AFP, Eric Kort explique que l’Arctique pourrait représenter une importante source de méthane “potentiellement sensible aux changements dans la couverture glacée de la mer”. Un phénomène qui demeure pour l’heure inexpliqué. Elle-même engendrée par le réchauffement de la planète, la fonte des glaces l’accélèrerait en émettant ce puissant gaz à effet de serre. Un cercle vicieux déjà observé dans le permafrost de Sibérie et d’Amérique du nord. Le méthane enfermé pendant des millions d’années que recèle la glace s’échappe du sol quand les températures augmentent, avaient observé de précédentes études. Cette découverte est une première. Jamais les océans n’avaient ainsi été considérées comme des sources du changement climatique. Les chercheurs estiment que l’origine de ce phénomène pourrait être liée à la présence de microbes à la surface de l’eau.Le 23 avril 2012 à 19:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Wagner blames red card for Huddersfields loss

first_imgHuddersfield Town manager David Wagner insists the red card picked up by Christopher Schindler played a significant role in his team’s loss to Burnley.The Terriers hosted fellow strugglers Burnley at the John Smith Stadium on Wednesday night looking for their first Premier League victory in 10 games.Steve Mounie gave the home side the lead just past the half-hour mark with his first league goal of the season, but Sean Dyche’s men leveled just before the break from a Chris Wood strike.Things went from bad to worse for Huddersfield when Schindler was giving his marching orders four minutes before halftime, leaving Wagner’s men to play the entire second half with 10 men.Ashley Barnes 74th minute goal ensured Burnley took home all three points leaving Huddersfield rooted to the bottom of the league table.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“The commitment, effort and attitude which the players have shown was absolute”, Wagner said, according to Sky Sports.“They fought but unfortunately playing more than one half [with 10 men] is very difficult to deal with.”“We took the lead and scored our first goal from a striker. I have seen a lot of good things today but obviously we weren’t able to keep the tempo and speed as high as when we played 11 v 11.”last_img read more

Rosati Conscious and Doing Well

first_img RitzCarlton sets up signs for 12-storey on Grace Bay Local Atty says Govt going against public consultation; says NO to taller resort plan Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Dec 2014 – And Jaliyliah Rosati is conscious and doing well thanks to prayers and good thoughts and capable doctors. Rosati, who is very well known for her work with animals through the TCSPCA was in a coma in Doctor’s Hospital after being knocked down on Friday November 28th in the Grace Bay area of Provo. Jaliyliah suffered serious head trauma and was airlifted to Nassau, where she was put into intensive care. Rosati is called a ‘national treasure’ by friends on Facebook; and it seems she will be around to say thank for that outpouring of love and support. Maskanoo to take over Grace Bay strip Boxing Day Saturday Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:grace bay, head trauma, Jaliyliah Rosati, tcspcalast_img read more

Crews rescue man from Lewis River near Battle Ground

first_imgA 32-year-old man was rescued near Daybreak Park on Sunday afternoon after he became injured and was stranded on an island in the East Fork of the Lewis River.Tim Dawdy of Clark County Fire & Rescue said the man was under the bridge over the East Fork.Six firefighters waded into the river with a backboard, loaded the man onto it, and brought him to a waiting ambulance, Dawdy said.His injuries were not known but he was taken to a local hospital, Dawdy said.The man’s name and residence were not available.Of the firefighters, Dawdy said, “They all have swift-water awareness training. We do that every year.”last_img read more