Leeds v Brentford line-ups: Bees striker makes debut, Liverpool loanee on bench, Whites unchanged

first_imgBrentford have handed a debut to striker Marco Djuricin in one of two changes at Elland Road.The on-loan Red Bull Salzburg forward replaces Philipp Hofmann, who is among the substitutes, while Alan McCormack comes in for Andy Gogia to beef up midfield.Two more signings, Liverpool loanee Sergi Canos and former Shrewsbury midfielder Ryan Woods, are also on the bench.Leeds are unchanged from the side which won 2-1 at Derby, so Stuart Dallas starts against his former club.Brentford: Button; Colin, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; McCormack, Diagouraga, Kerschbaumer; Vibe, Djuricin, Judge.Subs: Bonham, Hofmann, Woods, O’Connell, Barbet, Udumaga, Canos.Leeds: Silvestri, Berardi, Bamba, Cooper, Taylor; Cook, Adeyemi, Mowatt; Byram, Dallas, Wood.Subs: Turnbull, Wootton, Bellusci, Antenucci, Murphy, Phillips, Doukara..Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Housing gives hope to rural communities

first_img5 October 2011 For 15 years, Makgadi Moloi and her family lived in a mud house with no electricity or running water. Her four children slept on the floor in one small room with desks for study. Now the Molois, along with 50 other families from the farming community of Diyatalawa outside Harrismith in the Free State, can look forward to a brighter future, thanks to a Free State provincial government and Department of Rural Development and Land Reform housing scheme that has proven successful in the area. President Jacob Zuma, who visited the projects on Tuesday, encouraged the department to roll out the scheme to other poor communities in the area. The Free State was the third province to be visited by Zuma following his recent assessment of health and education service delivery in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape. The 74-square-metre houses that replaced the mud structures previously occupied by residents of Diyatalawa are all fitted with solar energy, which comes handy for those who cannot afford electricity.‘We can now say we have a home’ Moloi, who was among the first beneficiaries of the project, told BuaNews that apart from the fact that she was now able to fit more furniture into the new house, her children were now able to do their school work in the comfort of their own rooms. “The house has more space and it has really changed a lot of things for us, and we can now proudly say we have a home since we received it,” said Moloi. “Considering where we are coming from, we cannot ask for anything better.” For 68-year-old Winnie Mokoena, the bigger house has meant that she can now invite family members to come visit her home. “I was very happy when I finally had a house of my own that is this big, it’s a dream come true for me and my children,” Mokoena said. Free State Rural Development MEC Mosebenzi Zwane told Zuma that authorities were in the process of attaining an electricity substation in the area to back the solar energy system, which in most cases is unable to meet the community’s energy needs. “The solar that is there can only cater for lighting; if people want to do other things they can’t, so we are attending to that, we are speaking to Eskom about it,” he said.Rural development programme Diyatalawa was identified as one of the pilot sites in the province for the government’s nationwide Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP). Other projects in the area include poultry and cattle farming, which the authorities hope will help alleviate the effects of unemployment and underdevelopment. On Tuesday, Zuma also assessed work done on graveling access roads, and progress in the construction of a new school, creche and multi-purpose centre. “We are happy that some progress has been made in most of the projects we visited today, and I can tell you we visited many of them,” Zuma later told a community gathering. “We are here not only to monitor service delivery but also to see what is working and what is not working and where we can improve … But as government we want to hear from you, because for us to improve we have to take suggestions from you.” Zuma said the government saw the growth of the rural economy as crucial to curbing poverty in South Africa. “Development has to take place everywhere, not only in the cities, so this is one of our priorities as government.” Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said communities needed to take control of the projects, with the state only needing to play a facilitator role. “We are here to say, look, the government can do this for you and assist you there, but in the process this is what you as a community can do to help yourselves with the resources we are providing,” he said. Nkwinti said officials from his department would be meeting with emerging farmers in the area of Harrismith with the aim of skilling them with the necessary knowledge to venture into commercial farming. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

How to Avoid Sepia Looks While Warming up Footage in Post

first_imgWhen warming up footage in post, many inexperienced colorists will take a wrong turn and wind up giving their footage a sepia look. Here’s how to avoid that issue entirely.It’s surprisingly common to find poorly colored independent films that inadvertently feature sepia-like tones in many scenes. This is almost always a result of poor technique in the color suite — and can scream amateur to any audience with a trained eye.More often than not, this issue is a result of pushing too much warmth into an image while color grading (in the shadows, mids, and highlights) and then desaturating the image afterwards — usually in an attempt to offset the overdone color work. This is a perfect recipe for a sepia look (if that’s what you’re going for) but a very poor approach to adding warmth to your image in a more general sense.In order to achieve a more natural warm look in your shots (without completely draining your footage of any other tones or colors) these are the steps you need to take:1. Balance Your ImageThis rule applies in color grading no matter what look you’re after: always balance your image before adding any sort of look to it. If you neglect this step, you’re already going to start off on the wrong foot and it will be hard (if not impossible) to recover from.Keep your eye on the scopes as you adjust your color wheels to a point where you have an evenly balanced image. At this point you aren’t going for any type of creative look. You’re simply looking for a neutral starting point from which you can continue to build.2. Warm up the MidtonesI always recommend starting your creative grading process off by warming up the mids. Doing so will give you a far more pleasing result when compared to pushing warmth into the shadows — or even worse, applying warmth globally to the whole image.There are certainly times when you should be warming up your shadows, but if you are working from a neutral starting point, warming up the mids first will set you in a much better direction. Doing so will add warmth to the areas you notice most (skin tones) but will leave the shadows and highlights cooler, which will help you maintain a nice amount of color contrast in your image.3. Tweak Your Shadows and HighlightsDepending on how far (or not) you pushed your mids, you’ll likely need to adjust your shadows and highlights to complement whatever changes have been made so far. For instance, if you pushed a little too much warmth into the mids, it may have had a residual effect on your shadows/highlights, in which case you’ll want to cool them off. With that in mind, be sure not to push your shadows too far in the cool direction.Unless you want a Transformers-esque blockbuster look with blue shadows and orange highlights, be very slight with your adjustments in the shadow department. Always be looking to neutralize them, not stylize them.4. Adjust SaturationBy now your image should be most of the way there. You should have a nice warm look from the adjustments made in step two, and the fine tuning you accomplished in step three should have helped add a noticeable amount of color contrast. All that’s really left is to adjust your saturation level to help everything blend in a little bit more. Depending on how saturated your image was to begin with, you may either need to dial your saturation up or down to get things looking just right. Nine times out of ten, I find dialing it down just slightly is the way to go.With that said, be weary if you feel like you need to push it way down in order to make the image look right. If that’s the case, there’s a good chance you have pushed things too far in steps two or three and might need to go back to the drawing board.Got any color grading tricks to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

The Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Recording Audio

first_imgRecord SFX (Wild Takes) On SetWild takes are sound effects recorded on set without dialogue. If cameras aren’t rolling (and if you can convince the crew to be quiet) you should try to record some on set SFX. They can be as simple as an actor’s footsteps or the clashing of dishes, doors, or machinery.The goal is to capture the sounds that could be difficult to find in a SFX library. While we may have hundreds of thousands of SFX here on PremiumBeat, you may not find the exact sound to the exact time you need. For example, if you are shooting a scene with an old car, it’s best to record real engine sounds to keep the sound as authentic as possible.Something to keep in mind: you don’t need to turn up the gain to capture all these SFX. Since they will become layers in post, you’ll want to keep them accurate to the levels you’d hear on set. So if footsteps are quiet and slightly registering on your recorder, that’s ok. Try to record each SFX in a few different ways, including different microphone angles, positions, and distances.Pro Tip: Announce each action as soon as you hit record and before you start performing. That way you can easily keep track of each different sound effect.Make sure you check out the rest of the Indie Film Sound Guide episodes. There you will learn about working with everything you’ve recorded in post. Also, be sure to subscribe to The Film Look’s YouTube channel for weekly tips and tricks on filmmaking, video production, and post-production.Do you know other indie filmmaking tips for capturing audio? Let us know in the comments. Setting Audio Levels and Capturing Room ToneThe loudness of actors and actions differs in every take. Make sure audio levels don’t peak, and leave some room for any unexpected loud noises or increases in conversational volume.In this episode, you’ll hear the audio clip when one character shouts. Be sure to lower the gain while recording dialogue. Also, be sure to capture about two minutes of room tone to help avoid unnatural silence. This ambient noise makes conversations sound more realistic, and it can cover up hard edits. (If you forgot to capture room tone, check out our pack of 15 free ambient noise tracks). Learn how to properly record audio on set with a traditional boom mic setup.All images via The Film Look.Here in the PremiumBeat office, we’re big fans of The Film Look — a YouTube channel dedicated to showing you how to make better films and videos (with new episodes every week).We recently teamed up with The Film Look to bring you a series of tutorials on capturing better sound for your videos. The eight-part series will cover a ton of different audio recording and mixing topics, with plenty of tips and tricks for you to learn along the way.In the first five episodes, you will learn how to work with audio on set. Then the series will shift focus to working with audio in post-production.You’ll quickly see that it’s not about having the right gear — it’s about knowing how to properly use audio equipment. The audio kit used in the series is the basic setup for indie films and corporate video productions — a shotgun mic, boom pole, audio recorder, and headphones. There are also tips on recording with smartphones and on-camera microphones for those without this setup. (You can piece together a professional boom mic kit for around $500.)Microphone Position Is KeyThe position of your microphone is crucial to a quality recording. In the first episode, you’ll hear the difference between a smartphone recorder and a shotgun mic — but there’s a twist.The smartphone audio was better in the first take because the shotgun microphone was too far away. To get better audio, place a shotgun microphone over the head of your speaking subject.If you are on a windy set, try positioning the microphone underneath the subject, or for the best results combine that with a dead cat or blimp.When it comes time to record, limit the movement of your hands. Use your arms and shoulders to reposition the microphone to avoid making noise. There are also some great tips in the video about the best ways to grip a boom mic.Capturing Dialogue Is Your First PriorityThe highest priority when recording a film or video is dialogue. Noises or sound effects are easier to  recreate in post — or to draw from an SFX library.While on the topic of noises, if you detect any outside noise on set — like a plane, train, or automobile — be sure to bring it up if recording has not yet started. If you are already rolling, finish the take, and then mention any need for another take.Before shooting, make sure the camera crew (specifically the 2nd AC if you have one) uses a clapper board to mark the take. This will help tremendously when editing and mixing the project in post.Minimize Unwanted NoiseYou can silence the set as much as possible to eliminate unnecessary ambient noise, but that doesn’t always prevent unwanted sounds. Episode three dives into separating dialogue from any noise the actors make on set.If there is a loud action, like placing a glass mug on a glass saucer, you can eliminate the noise with some simple camera tricks and foley work.last_img read more

Punish Muivah for massacre, says Kuki group

first_imgThe Kukis, a major group of tribes spread across Manipur, Assam and Nagaland, have asked New Delhi to “bring Thuingaleng Muivah” to justice for the “Kuki genocide” before sealing the final peace deal with his extremist group, the National Socialist Council of Nagland (Isak-Muivah).In July 1997, the NSCN-IM declared a ceasefire, and in August 2015, it signed a Framework Agreement — the content of which has not been disclosed yet — with the Union government.Protest in DelhiSeeking trial and punishment for Mr. Muivah for the massacre of more than 1,000 Kukis by the NSCN-IM between 1992 and 1997, an apex body of Kukis will observe the 25th Sahnit (black day) in New Delhi on Thursday.“September 13 marks the darkest day in Kuki history. On this day in 1993, the NSCN-IM cadres killed more than 115 innocent Kuki civilians (mostly in Manipur’s Senapati district). The horrendous pogrom that lasted for five years, saw more than 350 villages burnt and 1,000 people, including women and children, killed. This led to the internal displacement of more than 1,00,000 Kukis in Manipur,” Letzamang Haokip of the Sahnit Committee said.The committee, which began observing the black day across the Northeast from Tuesday, said New Delhi needed to be reminded of the atrocities of the NSCN-IM.Denial of justice“Why is the government denying justice to the Kukis, who are as much stakeholders in this country as others? Why is the perpetrator of Kuki genocide, Muivah, being engaged in talks and not brought to justice? Don’t the Kukis deserve to be heard,” asked N. Haoneo Baite, secretary of the committee. The Kukis have also demanded territories from the State and Central governments for self-governance.last_img read more

New Trump immigration plan would overhaul green card system

first_img WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting aside some of his hard-line rhetoric on illegal immigration, President Donald Trump said Thursday that he wanted to recruit “top talent” to the nation as he unveiled his latest efforts to reform residency laws after years of setbacks and stalemates.“We discriminate against genius,” Trump said of current policies, which he contended excessively favor family based immigration. “We discriminate against brilliance. We won’t anymore once we get this passed.”The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the nation’s green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country. The proposed shift to a more merit-based system prioritizing high-skilled workers would mark a dramatic departure from the nation’s largely family based approach, which officials said gives roughly 66% of green cards to those with family ties and 12% based on skills.The president’s plan, unveiled in a Rose Garden ceremony, has yet to be embraced by his own party — let alone Democrats — and faces dubious prospects in a divided Congress. The show of magnanimity comes as Trump seeks to put a softer facade on the signature campaign issue from his first campaign as he eyes his 2020 reelection.“Our plan is pro-American, pro-immigrant and pro-worker,” Trump said, adding that it contrasts with what he called Democrats’ support of “chaos,” and predicted it will lead him to victory next November.“Our proposal fulfills our sacred duty to those living here today while ensuring America remains a welcoming country to immigrants joining us tomorrow,” he added.Efforts to overhaul the immigration system have gone nowhere for three decades amid deep partisan divisions. Prospects for an agreement seem especially bleak as the 2020 elections near, though the plan could give Trump and the GOP a proposal to rally behind, even as Democrats signaled their opposition.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump’s emphasis on merit-based immigration is “condescending” because families have merit, too.The plan does not address what to do about the millions of immigrants already living in the country illegally, including hundreds of thousands of young “Dreamers” brought to the U.S. as children — a top priority for Democrats. Nor does it reduce overall rates of immigration, as many conservative Republicans would like to see.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said “Dreamer” immigrants were not included in Trump’s new plan because past proposals involving them have failed.In briefings Wednesday that attracted dozens of journalists and outside allies, administration officials said the plan would create a points-based visa system, similar to those used by Canada and other countries.Under the new plan, the U.S. would award the same number of green cards as it now does. But far more would go to exceptional students, professionals and people with high-level and vocational degrees. Factors such as age, English language ability and employment offers would also be considered.The diversity visa lottery, which offers green cards to citizens of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S., would be eliminated.As part of the plan, officials want to shore up ports of entry to ensure all vehicles and people are screened and to create a self-sustaining fund, paid for with increased fees, to modernize ports of entry.The plan also calls for building border wall in targeted locations and continues a push for an overhaul to the U.S. asylum system, with the goal of processing fewer applications and removing people who don’t qualify faster.While the officials insisted their effort was not a “political” plan, they nonetheless framed it as one they hoped Republicans would unite behind, making clear to voters what the party is “for.”“I don’t think it’s designed to get Democratic support as much as it is to unify the Republican Party around border security, a negotiating position,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a close ally of the White House.Indeed, the plan drew immediate criticism from Democrats as well as immigration activists, who remain deeply skeptical of Trump after past negotiation failures.Democrats and some Republicans tried crafting a compromise with Trump last year that would have helped young Dreamer immigrants and added money for border security. But those talks collapsed over White House demands to curb legal immigration and a dramatic Senate showdown in which lawmakers rejected three rival proposals that aligned with the “four pillars” immigration plan Trump unveiled that year.Lisa Koop, director of legal services at the National Immigrant Justice Center, also criticized the various planks of the proposal, including its failure to address those brought to the U.S. illegally as children who are currently protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA, which Trump has tried to end.“A plan that forces families apart, limits access to asylum and other humanitarian relief, and doesn’t contemplate a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and other undocumented community members is clearly a political stunt intended to posture rather than problem-solve,” she said.Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for lower immigration rates, applauded a “very positive effort” on legal immigration, but said it was “undermined by the embrace of the current very high level of immigration.”Republicans on Capitol Hill, too, voiced skepticism. A PowerPoint presentation shared with reporters Wednesday referred to the plan as “The Republican Proposal,” even though many GOP members had yet to see it.___ New Trump immigration plan would overhaul green card system AP, Posted: May 16, 2019 AP May 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Advanstar to Launch Eyecare Magazine

first_imgIn the face of declining print advertising revenue across consumer and b-to-b publishing, Advanstar Communications’ eye health group is bucking the trend by launching Optometry Times, a tabloid-size glossy serving the optometrist market.“Through our presence in the eyecare market, interaction with our customers, and extensive research, it became apparent there is an inherent need for a superior professional news source for the optometric community,” group publisher Lauri Jorgensen said in a statement. The group also publishes Ophthalmology Times, Ophthalmology Times Europe, and Ophthalmology Times America Latina.Published in print and digital formats, Optometry Times will include editorial content covering clinical, dispensing, practice management, and subspecialty-based findings, Advanstar says.Optometry Times will have a controlled circulation of 33,000, including subscribers in Canada, a spokesperson tells FOLIO:. Launching in March 2009, the magazine will publish nine times per year. Woodland Hills, California-based Advanstar publishes nearly 70 publications and directories, 270 Web sites and digital products, and produces about 150 events.last_img read more

Canon Bucks Trade Show Slide Plans Two New Events for 2010

first_imgWhile overall trade show revenue for b-to-b publishers fell 20.1 percent in the first quarter of 2009, according to American Business Media’s Business Information Network, Los Angeles-based Canon Communications continues to see growth from medical events and plans to launch two more, targeting orthopedic manufacturing, in 2010.  Canon will debut the OrthoTec Conference and Exhibition in Warsaw, Indiana in May and take the event to Switzerland in September. The locations represent the orthopedic manufacturing capitols in the U.S. and Europe.  Trade show revenue now accounts for 55 percent of Canon’s overall revenue. Earlier this year, Canon saw attendance grow 4 percent for its Medical Design and Manufacturing West conference and 20 percent for MEDTech Europe.last_img read more

Google to ask Android users to choose preferred browser

first_img Comments Google Samsung Alphabet Inc. Tags Phones Tech Industry Google will soon prompt Android users to choose their preferred browser. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Google will prompt Android users to choose their preferred web browser and search apps, a senior Google executive said Tuesday, as it tries to avoid new EU antitrust sanctions.The European Commission slapped Google with a record fine of 4.34 billion euros ($5 billion) in July over antitrust violations related to the Android mobile operating system. Google’s agreements with phone makers such as Huawei, Samsung and LG put those companies at a disadvantage because they’re completely dependent on Android, the EU said.Android users have always had the ability to install any browser they wanted, but now Google will highlight that they have other browser and search engine options.Google will do more to “ensure that Android phone owners know about the wide choice of browsers and search engines available to download to their phones,” Kent Walker, senior vice president of Google, wrote in a blog post. “This will involve asking users of existing and new Android devices in Europe which browser and search apps they would like to use.”In response to the $5 billion fine, Google said in October it would begin offering a paid license for phone and tablet manufacturers in Europe that want to include its Google Play app store, Maps, Gmail and Google-owned YouTube. Another license will let phone makers include Google’s search engine and Chrome browser.The EU’s investigation into Android dominance dates back to 2016. In June 2017, it fined Google $2.7 billion over abusing the way it prioritizes its own shopping results in search. Share your voice 4last_img read more

IABs NewFronts LA Edition to Feature Streamy Brand Awards for Advertising

first_imgWhen the Digital Content NewFronts West makes its debut this fall in L.A., it will include an additional element the content-pitchfest organizers hope will lure more attendees: the Streamy Brand Awards, recognizing branded content and digital-video advertising.The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the trade group that runs the NewFronts, has entered into a pact with Streamy Awards organizer Tubefilter to present the awards for digital brand advertising innovation at the L.A. NewFronts separately from the main Streamys event.The Streamy Brand Awards are scheduled to be given out at the end of the first day of NewFronts West, slated to run Oct. 9-10, 2018 at NeueHouse Hollywood. IAB announced plans for an L.A. version of the NewFronts after cutting the original New York series from two weeks to one this year. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Submissions for the Streamy Brand Awards (and the main Streamy Awards) are due by July 27. The fee for Streamy Brand Awards entries is $395 per submission through July 20, while the “last-chance deadline” fee is $495 per submission.The winners of the Streamys Brand Awards will be picked by a panel of industry execs (selected by the IAB and the Streamys) for six categories: branded content – video; branded content – series; emerging platform (e.g., advertising on new and emerging platforms like VR, voice and AI, podcasts, and social video platforms); influencer campaign; native video ad; and 6-second video ad.“We are doing this because we think it’s really important to showcase and recognize best-in-class marketing in video and other emerging arenas,” said Anna Bager, IAB’s EVP of industry initiatives. “We’re going to celebrate brands on stage.”NewFronts West is slated to include presentations by up to 16 digital-video content companies. IAB hasn’t announced any presenting partners yet, but Jukin Media (which backed out of this year’s NewFronts in NYC) has said it plans to be at the L.A. event.IAB created NewFronts West after getting feedback from members and agencies that they wanted more than a once-per-year confab, according to Bager. “We wanted to create a narrative that runs throughout the year,” she said. Plus, she added, “L.A. is the epicenter of content.”More info on the NewFronts West is at iab.com/newfronts-west. Submissions for all Streamy Awards categories, including the Streamy Brand Awards, are being accepted at streamys.org/submissions.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more