SARA continues its political harassment

first_imgThe State Asset Recovery Agency (SARA) has returned to its practice of political harassment; this time by seeking to directly intimidate Queens Atlantic Investment Inc (QAII), the corporate owners of the property which houses the Times Media Group – including Guyana Times newspaper– at Ruimveldt, Georgetown.The state of Sanata Complex upon aquistionOn Thursday afternoon, a notice was received that SARA is seeking to recover the difference between an outside valuation of the Sanata property and the valuation of the official Government valuation entity at the point of sale.In June 2018, SOCU had charged Dr Ashni Singh, former Finance Minister and Winston Brassington, former Chairman of NICL, in relation to the same transaction. At that time, Guyana Times had received a number of threats to stop publishing news items which are critical of the Administration.SARA continues to press ahead with this political witch-hunting, despite being fully aware that the act has been challenged in the court.The property was acquired by QAII in a fully transparent manner more than a decade ago, and this was fully ventilated in the press. Billions of dollars have been invested to develop this property and as such, QAII will vigorously defend any issues relating to the transaction.last_img read more

‘You lost the right to call Tottenham bottlers’ – Spurs fans proud of England stars

first_imgEngland’s World Cup 2018 round of 16 victory over Colombia was not only a night of redemption for a nation, but Tottenham Hotspur fans and their players in particular.Their move from perennial Europa League qualifiers to Premier League title challenges, and Champions League contenders, has been blighted by accusations from rivals they’re bottlers. Tottenham bottlers/chokers…..all 3 scored their penalties in the shoot out!!!!— Richard Maskell (@RMaskell1981) July 3, 2018 NO JOY Missing out on the title in 2015/16 to Leicester City was defined as ‘bottling it’, despite the fact they never led the division and only broke into the top four in December, while Arsenal topped the table after six matchdays and held the position as late as January.The same accusations were levelled at them a season later, despite them losing just four games all season, and none at White Hart Lane in their final year there, as the finished second to Chelsea.And last term, despite playing at Wembley all campaign, they were given the tag again for the heinous crime of finishing third, losing to Juventus (who have won seven consecutive Serie A titles) in the Champions League, and losing an FA Cup semi-final to Manchester United. ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Tottenham Hotspur star Eric Dier scores England’s winning penalty. TOTTENHAM BOTTLERS DOING THE BUSINESS IT’S COMING HOMEEE— Simply (@Simply_Spurs) July 3, 2018 diamond geezer G’night, people of Earth, from me and these three “bottlers”. 😇😇😇 pic.twitter.com/caLFOfqYK1— Danny Kelly (@dannykellywords) July 3, 2018 Remember when Spurs were bottlers? #COYS #England #Rusia2018 pic.twitter.com/oiVTZa7ViR— Danny Boy (@Crooksie1988) July 4, 2018 Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Tottenham Hotspur players Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane celebrate England’s victory. But with their nation relying on them, Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, and Eric Dier, along with Jordan Pickford, were the penalty heroes for the Three Lions, and Tottenham Hotspur fans on Twitter rightly hit back at those taunting them.You can see how the reacted below. SUPERSTITION Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter Good times What’s worse for Tony Adams and his spurs bottlers quote is that they did it against an Arsenal goalkeeper. Isn’t it all the more sweeter now— SuperSav (@Supersav1985) July 3, 2018 Latest World Cup 2018 news LU BEAUTY Shy guy I wonder how many “bottlers” headlines had been drafted up, about the spurs lads in particular. Bet there were scousers praying for Dier to miss, the utter weirdos. So proud of all the England lads, especially @HKane, @trippier2 @dele_official, @ericdier and Danny Rose.— El Capitan Kane ⚽ (@superspurs84) July 4, 2018center_img 2 Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football You’re the one Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Dear the entire nation of England, You just lost the right to ever call us “bottlers” again.Love,Tottenham Hotspur Football Club— Bankrupt (@bankruptspurs) July 3, 2018 Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers Pure class 2 No one will call those 3 Spurs boys bottlers #THFC #COYS— Paul Walsh (@paulgwalsh) July 3, 2018 Fallon d’Floor #EnglandvsColumbia last night 5 penalties in the shoot out3 taken by spurs players all scored including decisive pen1 missed by a Liverpool player1 dodged by an “injured” Leicester player Media call spurs bottlers, those bottlers just got you to the quarter finals #coys— Mark #Coys #Belgium (@MarkThomas2002) July 4, 2018 If you’re wondering what that noise is, it’s the sound of Arsenal and Liverpool fans deleting their drafts about SpUrS bOtTlErS— OC Spurs (@OCSpurs1882) July 3, 2018 misery Spurs have been labelled bottlers before. Not tonight. Harry Kane, Kieron Trippier & Eric Dier stood up when the world was watching & it mattered most 👊🏻🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿⚽️ #WorldCup #ThreeLions #ItsComingHome #thfc #coys— Alex Segal (@Alex_Segal) July 3, 2018 talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™last_img read more

What is Light Wrapping? Tips & Tutorials

first_imgTake an in-depth look at the art of light wrapping in post-production.If you do a lot of keying than you’re probably familiar with the term “light wrapping“. Light wrapping as a concept is easy to understand, but in practice it can be rather difficult to get a perfect light wrap. In the following post we will take a look at light wraps and examine a few easy methods for creating them yourself.What is Light Wrapping?Light wrapping is a compositing technique designed to blend keyed out green screen footage with a background plate. When done correctly, light wrapping can really help give realism to your scene. If overdone, it can make your footage look soft and unbelievable.Often times light wrapping is preformed automatically when using a keying software. However, just like in photography, automatic doesn’t always mean better!How to Light WrapIn a nutshell, light wrapping works by softening the hard edges produced when keying out a green screen footage. By adding in a feathered portion of the background to the edges of the keyed subject you can make your scene look more like a composition than a series of layers. Check out the following diagram:As you can see light wrapping is a very subtle effect that, when done well, isn’t going to be noticed by your audience. The light wrapping layer is merely using the outline of the keyed footage to blur out a small portion of the background. Light wrapping is used to simulate the ambient light that is supposedly casting light onto your subject in the scene. In some circumstances (like mixed lighting) it can be better to use another layer besides your background layer for the light wrap, but it all depends on your scene.Light Wrap TutorialsEven though light wrapping is a pretty straightforward concept there is a seemingly endless number of ways to create a good light wrap. The following tutorials illustrate a few ways to tweak and manually create a light wrap.Easy Light Wrap by MikeyIn this After Effects video tutorial, AE expert Mikey Borup shows us how to create a light wrap using only a few effects including the Set Matte, Fast Blur, and Channel Blur.Light Wrapping in After EffectsThis video created by Marcos Salvi illustrates how light wrapping can be used to simulate lighting, even if it doesn’t use the background layer at all.Plugin SolutionsA lot of higher end keying applications have light wrapping built-in, including the Keylight software that comes with Adobe After Effects. However, if you want to get stunning light wraps check out a few of our favorite plugins for creating realistic light wraps:Key CorrectKey Correct is an industry-standard when it comes to light wrapping, noise reduction, and any other key-related feature you can imagine. In Key Correct you will find 15 stand-alone plugins designed to help you clean up your green screen keys. The results are fantastic and you can even get a free trial from Red Giant’s website.Price: $399Borris Continuum: Key and BlendServing as a small portion of the larger Boris Continuum Complete, the Key and Blend pack gives users of After Effects, Premiere, FCPX, Resolve, Nuke, Media Composer, and even Scratch the ability to preform realistic light wraps with ease. The pack comes with 20 plugins and filters designed to help with the compositing process. Boris is also offering a free trial of Key and Blend so you can use it today.Price: $299If you want to learn more about other filmmaking concepts check out the video production section of the PremiumBeat blog. We have hundreds of articles and tutorials dedicated to helping you become a better filmmaker.Have any other tips for light wrapping? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Vick Throws Support Behind Foles For Starting Position

Howard Smith-USA TODAY SportsPhiladelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who has used two quarterbacks all season, joked that Nick Foles will start at the QB position for this week. The only thing is, the Eagles have a bye this week.Now that QB Michael Vick is healthy enough to play again, Kelly will have to answer a question seriously next week.How can you bench Foles? That is an answer Vick himself wants to know.“In all honesty, in all fairness, how can you take a guy out of the game who’s been playing so well?” Vick told WIP 94, via CSN Philly, on Thursday.“I’ve been in this stage before, and I know what it’s like. I understand the position that this team is in, and the one thing I never want to do is be a distraction or put our team or our coaches in a position where they feel like they’re not doing the right thing or I feel like they’re not doing the right thing. I trust what’s going on, I enjoy being a part of it, I love the game of football in general. So it’s important to me to be there in support and be ready if my name and number is called again.”Philadelphia has won three-straight games and is at the top of the NFC East behind Foles. He also hasn’t thrown an interception all season.“He had an opportunity to learn from me this year and last year and just sit behind me and pick my brain, and he also went out and played the game, and now he’s just taking that and everything is unfolding for him,” Vick said. “He’s going out there and everything he’s worked for and put into his game, he’s putting it to work, and that’s what you’ve seen.“He can potentially be a starter in this league for a long time. It’s just about timing, as of right now. As long as he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s going to continue to build that case.” read more

10 SportsRelated Jobs Black Children Should Look Into Instead

Audio and Video Equipment SpecialistSports teams rely heavily on being able to review footage of games, individual players, schemes, tendencies, etc. Teams always seek people skilled at editing videos and breaking them down for easy, specific viewing. It also can be an entrée into coaching. Mike Brown, who coached the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers twice and Los Angeles Lakers, started as a video coordinator.Public Address AnnouncerHave an appealing voice, read fluidly and have command of an audience? Working courtside or in the press box as the PA announcer could be for you. It’s a coveted job and an important one that puts you right in the middle of the action. read more

Former TCI Deputy Premier asks for six months delay to corruption trial

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:earl whitter, Floyd Hall, justice paul harisson, michael misick, sipt trial BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trials Delancy challenged on leadership style, calls Floyd Hall, ‘man of integrity’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Dec 2015 – The lead attorney for former Deputy Premier and Finance Minister, Floyd Hall says he needs more time to review the evidence and made an application to delay the start to the SIPT trial. Earl Whitter told Justice Paul Harrison at the pre-trial proceedings for the SIPT yesterday that there was too much evidence and that he was too new to the case to be able to adequately represent his client without the extra time; he asked for the start date to be delayed by six months. Speaking for the Special Prosecution, Andrew Mitchell expressed shock in the courtroom asking ‘what on earth has gone on, what has Floyd Hall been doing for the last four years.’Whitter, QC reportedly explained to the Judge in the application that Hall stands to lose much in the case as all 17 counts and all the defendants are linked to him. While ex Premier Michael Misick has a limit set that he can be sentenced, if convicted, to no more than 20 years; there is no cap in the Turks and Caicos on sentencing for bribery, conspiracy to defraud TCIG and one can be jailed for 14 years for money laundering. There is not court today; it resumes Thursday with decisions expected from Justice Harrison on all of the applications put forth ahead of the trial start. Recommended for youlast_img read more

GOP Leaders to Discuss TwoYear Budget Deal with White House McConnell Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Republican leaders plan to enter budget discussions with the White House shortly to reach a deal over topline spending for fiscal 2016 and 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Tuesday.“I hope that we in the fall negotiation can get some kind of an agreement on a top line for next year so we can finally, at long last, get back to acting on each appropriations bill separately,” McConnell said, reported CQ Roll Call. The Senate leader also revealed that he and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) spoke with President Obama last week about launching budget talks.“I would expect them to start very soon,” McConnell said.An effort to reach a two-year budget deal would mirror the agreement reached in late 2013 that provided relief from the discretionary spending caps in FY 2014 and 2015 for defense and non-defense agencies.Meanwhile, the Senate is scheduled to vote this morning on a short-term continuing resolution that keeps the government open when the new fiscal year begins Thursday. The stopgap runs through Dec. 11 and does not strip Planned Parenthood of funding. After the Senate approves the CR, the House is expected to take it up before the end of the day to avert a federal shutdown.The House will only have a matter of hours to act before the midnight deadline, but House Republicans widely believe the chamber will pass the CR in time, according to CQ.Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) applauded the news that McConnell favors a two-year budget deal and stressed the need to combine negotiations over spending with an effort to extend the nation’s debt ceiling.“They have to be handled together. It’s the only way to intelligently do this,” Reid said.When asked about raising the debt ceiling before he steps down from his post at the end of October, Boehner on Tuesday did not rule it out. “We’ll have to see. There’s a number of issues we’re going to try to deal with in the coming month,” he told reporters.last_img read more

McLarens latest 720S is electric… and also a rideon toy for children

first_img Tags 0 In addition to a functional brake pedal and brake light, there’s also a freakin’ infotainment system, which has USB and SD card inputs for playing music or even watching a video. The car comes with popular kid’s songs built into the system, and the screen can also display pertinent information like the toy’s range (probably not much). There’s also a remote control so parents can give their children an “autonomous” experience, in case their driving skills aren’t yet trusted.While it’s definitely affordable by McLaren’s usual standards, it’s still on the expensive side for new parents, with a starting price of £315 (about $400). But then again, how many other ride-on toys come with engine sounds and an infotainment system? McLaren 720S: Too much supercar for the road? Car Culture Toys and Tabletop Games Enlarge ImageI wonder what the weight rating is. Asking for a friend, of course. McLaren In 2016, McLaren introduced its first all-electric car, a ride-on children’s toy modeled after its P1 hypercar. Now, there’s a second car in its lineup, and while the general idea is the same, there’s even more tricks hidden away in its latest offering.McLaren on Thursday unveiled the 720S Ride-On. Similar to the powered-wheel toys you see at the store that I will not name specifically out of trademark concerns, this new “car” aims to recreate the McLaren experience even more faithfully than the P1 Ride-On before it… within reason, of course.The 720S Ride-On can be purchased in one of eight different McLaren paint colors, including a launch edition with the automaker’s always-cool Papaya Spark hue. Like the 720S, it has dihedral doors that open and close, and the whole exterior looks pretty close to the real thing. The electric motor requires a key to start, and the toy pipes in proper engine noises to make it feel more like the real thing. 11 Photos 8:39 Now playing: Watch this: More about 2018 McLaren 720S Preview • 2018 McLaren 720S: Too much and just enough all at once 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self Review • 2018 McLaren 720S: Raw power meets refined performance Share your voice McLaren Post a comment More From Roadshow 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride McLaren 720S Ride-On has its own infotainment system 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkers McLarenlast_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 ending preview leaks online furious fans say

first_imgGame of ThronesGame of Thrones Official YoutubeThe final season of Game of Thrones has not lived up to expectations, be it the story, character arcs or the technical details of the show, like the lighting in episode 3 or the coffee cup min episode 4. Fans are dissatisfied by season 8. And to make things worse, reportedly a minute-long preview for the last two episodes of Game Of Thrones’ eighth season was allegedly leaked on Monday, leaving fans livid over the show’s potential ending.According to The Sun, the footage is believed to show major spoilers for the battle of King’s Landing, as well as how the show will end in episode six. Viewers, who had seen the potential spoilers on Twitter, were furious at the prospect of what the leak could mean, with some even going as far as to say that it meant the show had ‘the worst ending in TV history.’ That seems like quite a claim but the way the final season has been progressing, we have to say that we are a little apprehensive about what the last two episodes hold for fans. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4Game of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Spoilers for Episode 4 ahead.The last episode was disappointing as well, with character development and story arcs abandoned at the drop of a hat. Jaime Lannister abandons Brienne of Tarth after making love to her, Brienne of Tarth, a strong, independent warrior Knight is reduced to a sniveling stereotype of a lovestruck woman. And a Dragon is shot down from in the air in an apparent impossible shot. Why? So that the final battle is an even match between Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister.The fifth episode of the final season of Game of Thrones will air on May 12.last_img read more