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

School owner, teacher arrested for stripping girl students in Bihar

first_imgThe owner of a private school in Bihar, and a female teacher, were arrested on Sunday for allegedly stripping two girl students for not paying the fees for their school uniform on time. The girls, both sisters, were forced to walk back to their home half-naked on Friday.“The girl student’s father had lodged an FIR against the school owner and a teacher…we immediately took cognizance of it and arrested the accused in the case…we shall file a charge sheet in the case within the next 24-hours. The accused will be punished and justice shall be meted out through a speedy trial”, Ranjit Kumar Mishra, Superintendent of Police, Begusarai told The Hindu.The two school girls, one in the first standard, and the other a nursery student, were enrolled at a private school in Koria village, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Mufassil police station of Begusarai district. The school owner had reportedly asked the teacher to undress the girls.Some private local news channels had broadcast the incident.The father of the victims, Chunchun Kumar Sah, a small-time businessman, later lodged a complaint against the school owner Mukesh Kumar and the teacher, Anjana Kumari, both of whom were later arrested.The father said that he had requested for a deferment in the deadline to pay the fees for the uniforms, but his plea was not considered, and the school authorities took matters into their own hands. The girls are in utter shock and kept weeping after the incident, he added.last_img read more

Militants fire at special police officer

first_imgSuspected militants fired upon a special police officer in Pulwama’s Puchal on Tuesday. Aqib Wagay was critically injured in the attack, reports said. “Mr. Wagay has been shifted to a hospital. We are waiting for more details,” a Srinagar-based spokesman said.last_img

E-Kiosks at Indian Airports to Ensure Speedy Immigration Clearance for Foreigners

first_imgThe Indian government is planning to install special automated kiosks at airports to enable foreign travelers who are included in the low risk category to undergo quicker immigration checks, PTI reported. These kiosks, expected to be set up by January 2019, will help the foreign travelers to complete the identity verification process in seconds, the report quoted officials as saying.Low-risk travelers from some select countries will be able to enter India without having to stand in long queues at immigration counters once the e-kiosks are put up. Low-risk travelers are those who don’t have any criminal or financial cases against them.The entire process is expected to be completed within a matter of a minute when a traveler comes to any e-Gate kiosk. The electronic gates will be installed at the arrival wing of international airports, and the foreign travelers can present their machine-readable passports, following which they can place their fingerprints on the scanner for verification and complete a customs declaration, the report added.Human intervention will not be required during the process as e-cameras will help in clearing the travelers, a home ministry official was quoted as saying by the news agency. The travelers can then head to the baggage claim area and then exit from the airport.“Initially, we are planning to roll out the service only to the low-risk travelers of a select few countries,” the report quoted an official as saying. This plan could be modeled on the Global Entry program of the United States, which permits low-risk citizens hailing from 12 nations, including India, to go through such a smooth process.The foreigners’ division of the India Ministry of Home Affairs is currently working on the logistics of the plan before it is formally launched later this year, the report added. A final decision is yet to be taken regarding the citizens who would be given this facility.The Ministry of Home Affairs has also launched an online Event Clearance System for granting security clearance to foreigners who want to attend conferences, seminars or workshops organized in the country. Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the e-FRRO scheme on April 13, according to which foreigners visiting India will no longer be required to visit the Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) for services associated with visa. These services will now be offered to them online via the web-based application e-FRRO (e-Foreigners Regional Registration Office) platform. Related ItemsAviationTourismlast_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni turns 36: Some of Captain Cool’s most iconic moments

first_imgHappy Birthday, Mahendra Singh Dhoni!MS Dhoni is celebrating his 36th birth anniversary today. The legendary wicketkeeper-batsman was born in Ranchi, Jharkhand (then Bihar) on July 7 in 1981.Dhoni made his international debut at the age of 23 when he was handed the ODI cap No.157 against Bangladesh in December 2004. Known for his aggressive brand of cricket, Dhoni had a disastrous start scoring a nought in his debut innings. Dhoni batted at No.7 in that match. He played three matches in that series scoring a total of 19 runs but the team management kept faith in him and included the right-handed batsman in the squad for the Pakistan series.148 VS PAKISTANHe continued to bat at No.7. In the first match against Pakistan, Dhoni failed again scoring just three runs. However, three days later in Visakhapatnam, then India skipper Sourav Ganguly won the toss and opted to bat and this time he promoted Dhoni to bat at No.3. This time it looked as if the 23-year-old was on a mission.He announced his arrival with a magnificent 148 off only 123 balls, studded with 15 fours and four sixes. His knock led India to a 58-run win in Vizag.183 VS SRI LANKAIt took Dhoni almost 18 months to notch up his second ODI hundred and most importantly his chasing prowess was seen. Batting first Sri Lanka rode on Kumar Sangakkara’s 138 to post a challenging 298 for four in Jaipur.In those days, chasing 300 was not easy. India got off to a poor start when they lost Sachin Tendulkar in the first over. Captain Rahul Dravid promoted Dhoni to bat at No.3. By then he was already 22 ODIs old but chasing 299 and batting under pressure with the team losing the most important batsman in the first over was not going to be easy. But Dhoni remained nerveless and built important partnerships with Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and Venugopal Rao and ensured India cross the line with ease.advertisementHe struck 183 not out off 145 balls hitting 14 fours and 10 sixes in his thunderous knock that gave India a six-wicket win in  46.1 overs. It is till date the highest score by a wicket-keeper in ODI cricket.MAIDEN TEST TONDhoni’s maiden Test hundred came on foreign shores and scoring a century in Pakistan’s backyard is something very special. It took him seven Tests to score his first hundred. Batting first Pakistan piled up 588 against India with centuries from Inzamam-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi.In reply, India were struggling at 281/5 with the likes of Sehwag, Dravid (103), Laxman (90) and Yuvraj Singh already back in hut. Dhoni (148) then shared a 210-run stand with Irfan Pathan (90) to help India post 603. The match ended in a draw.2007 WORLD TWENTY20 TRIUMPHDhoni was named the skipper of the Twenty20 side for the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 in South Africa. India defeated Pakistan by five runs in the final to win the title. During the tournament, Yuvraj became the first player to hit six sixes in an over in T20Is and blasted a record 12-ball half-century.2008 CB SERIES WINIt was an important series for Dhoni as captain of the India team especially after a fiery Test series that involved the ‘Monkeygate’ controversy. Australia won the series 2-1 and the only T20.The CB Series — a tri-series involving Australia, Sri Lanka and India — was important as India fielded a relatively young and inexperienced squad with the likes of Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble not playing. India and Australia reached the final.India dashed Australia’s hope as Dhoni’s young brigade won the first-two of the best of three finals to capture the series.INDIA REACH TOP OF TEST RANKINGSDhoni was elevated to Test captaincy after Kumble retired from international cricket. However, Dhoni had Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan in the team. India became a formidable team playing at home and as a result reached the top of the ICC Test team rankings in 2009.2011 WORLD CUP VICTORYHosts India started the 2011 World Cup as favourites and suffered just one defeat as they set up a final date with Sri Lanka. An out-of-form Dhoni, who had scores of 31, 34, 19*, 12*, 22, 7 and 25, promoted himself ahead of an in-form Yuvraj Singh after India were reduced to 114 for 3 in 21.4 overs chasing a stiff 275 for victory.Dhoni played one of the memorable knocks of his life scoring 91 not out off 78 balls and sealed the trophy with a six.Dhoni had stitched together a match-winning 109-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Gautam Gambhir (97) and then was involved in an unbeaten 54-run stand with Yuvraj to guide India to their second World Cup triumph.advertisementDOUBLE TON IN TESTSIn 2013, Dhoni joined an elite list of wicketkeepers to score a double hundred in Test cricket when he scored 224 against Australia in Chennai to give India an 8-wicket win. Dhoni’s 265 ball knock was studded with 24 fours and six maximums.2013 CHAMPIONS TROPHY TRIUMPHIndia started the ICC Champions Trophy as favourites in England in 2013. Dhoni guided his troops as India ended the tournament unbeaten. He also became he only captain to win all ICC tournaments.last_img read more

Bernard Tomic in ‘tough place’, offered support by Tennis Australia

first_imgAustralian tennis player Bernard Tomic, who was once mooted as a rising star of the sport, has been offered “health and well-being” support at a time when the career of the struggling tennis star is at the crossroads.The 25-year-old’s disastrous year, which was topped by his defeat against French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert at the Vienna Open last week, saw him slump to the 145th in the rankings.As a result of the forgettable season, Tomic would not have enough points to qualify directly for the first major of the season i.e Australian Open.Tomic, who had admitted that he was “bored” and not always giving 100 percent in his recent season, is now reliant on being handed a wildcard for his home Grand Slam in January.And the Tennis Australia has decided to offer help to Tomic, with tournament director Craig Tiley saying that the sport was doing what it could to help him, but admitted he had not responded to their offers.”We have reached out to Bernie from a health and well-being point of view and it’s up to him to respond.We have been reaching out to him … he is in a tough place right now. His ranking has dropped and he is struggling – we have all seen it,” Sport24 quoted Tomic, as saying.”Our job as a federation is to make sure we have a team of people there to support beyond tennis and that is where we are at. He did not detail what assistance had been offered, but said “our athlete department has a group of people that support athletes that need help,” he added.advertisementEarlier this year, Tomic had said that he had no love for the game, saying that it is just a job and he felt “trapped”.last_img read more

South Africa vs India: We let ourselves down with the bat, says Virat Kohli

first_imgAfter suffering a 72-run defeat in a low-scoring match at Newlands, India skipper Virat Kohli rued his side’s batting collapse and said “we let ourselves down with the bat”.India were bundled out for 209 and 135 in the two innings with only Hardik Pandya playing a face-saving knock of 93 off 95 balls in the first innings.Indian pacers, however, did well to deny South African batsmen to take control of the match as their impressive bowling performance gave visitors a very good chance to seal their maiden victory in Cape Town.The victory target in the series opener was 208 one run less than what India had scored in their first innings. But India surrendered despite the fact that South Africa were playing a bowler less having lost Dale Steyn to heel injury on the second day. Steyn has been ruled out of the entire series and is expected to be on the sidelines for up to six weeks.Kohli said the failure of his side to build partnerships was ultimately the difference between defeat and what would have been a sweet victory in such unfamiliar conditions.”It was a wicket where things were happening every day and we let ourselves down with the bat. We wanted one big partnership to get the job done, which we failed to do,” Kohli said at the post match press conference.But it was the batsmen who were at fault in both the innings and Kohli has now urged his batsmen to show a more positive mindset to combat the South Africa bowling attack.advertisementThe match was effectively over in three days with Sunday washed out as 18 wickets fell in 64 overs on day four on a seamer-friendly Cape Town wicket.Set 208 for victory, India were bowled out for 135 in under 43 overs with South African seamer Vernon Philander collecting career-best figures of 6-42.”The pitch was outstanding. I really like the type of wicket this was,” Kohli told reporters. “It was great for Test cricket and we got a result within four days having lost a day.”It was not one-sided, both teams were in it at different stages. As a team, we really enjoyed being part of this Test match and so did South Africa.”Kohli suggested that with tracks that are likely to have even more bounce and pace to come in Pretoria and Johannesburg for the rest of the series, his batsmen needed to find a way to transfer the pressure on to the South African bowlers.”The mindset matters when you’re travelling away from home on pitches which challenge you. You need to be positive in defence and when you’re leaving also. You need to grab scoring opportunities.”We need to think about taking the attack to the South African bowlers more. That is something for all the batsmen, starting at the very top.”They (South Africa) force you to play good cricket in every over that you play against them, which I think is a good credit to their bowling attack. As batters we need to step up.”The second Test in Pretoria starts on Saturday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

2016 Australian Team Announcement

first_imgThere’s plenty of exciting stories to come out of our Australian team announcement for the 2016 Trans Tasman Series. Join us as we look through the teams, pointing out some honourable mentions for the upcoming series. Men’s Open The Australian Men’s Open team sees 10 players return from the successful 2015 World Cup team, as well as 2015 World Cup Mixed Open champions Scott Bundy and Daniel Barton. Shaun Francis will wear the green and gold for the first time, while Jordan Marshall-King, Jayden Love and Lachlan Pierce have all transitioned through the Youth program into the Men’s Open team, with Marshall-King playing in the 2011 and 2013 Youth Trans Tasman Series events (20’s Boys), Love in the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series (20’s Boys) and Pierce in the 2013 Youth Trans Tasman Series (18’s Boys). Pierce, the 2015 Elite Eight Player of the Final and Player of the Series, follows in his late father’s footsteps by being selected in the Australian Men’s Open team. Craig Pierce represented Australia on 37 occasions, including three World Cups, and was inducted into the TFA Hall of Fame in 2003. Lachlan joins Peter Norman and Daniel Barton in the current team as players whose fathers have also represented Australia in the Men’s Open division.Women’s Open Nine players return to the Australian Women’s Open team from last year’s World Cup winning side, as well as Yasmin Meakes, who has moved into the Women’s team after two years in the Mixed program. The side welcomes Hayley Maddick for the first time in Australian colours in her international debut. Sisters being selected in the Australian Women’s Open team has been a regular occurrence over the past decade, with the likes of the Judd’s, Winchester’s, Hopkin’s and now the Davis’ sisters, Danni and Shellie. After captaining the Australian 18’s Girls team in 2015, Shellie joins Danni in the Women’s Open side for the 2016 series, with Danni heading into her third campaign in the Australian Women’s Open team. Four players from the Australian 18’s Girls team have transitioned into the Women’s Open side for the 2016 Trans Tasman Series – Shellie Davis, Tayla Clifford, Mia Johnstone and Emma Sykes. There’s plenty of youth in this Australian team, with three 18-year-olds (Shellie Davis, Tayla Clifford and Hannah Dyball) as well as two 17-year-olds (Mia Johnstone and Emma Sykes). Mixed Open Like the Women’s Open team, nine players from the 2015 World Cup winning side return to the Mixed Open team for the 2016 Trans Tasman Series. The six debutants in the team have all progressed through to the Open’s divisions from the Youth program in recent years – James Blackwood (2015 Australian 20’s Boys), Ciaran Toner (2013 Australian 18’s Boys and 2015 Australian 20’s Boys), Adam Pryde (2011 Australian 18’s Boys and 2013 Australian 20’s Boys), Paige Parker and Katherine Stevens (2015 Australian 20’s Girls) and Zara Nicholas (2015 Australian 18’s Girls). Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to the 2016 Trans Tasman Series:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (Be sure to use the #transtasman2016 hashtag)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksAussie Team Announcementlast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez raps Man Utd: No excuses for top 4 failure

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez raps Man Utd: No excuses for top 4 failureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafael Benitez says Manchester United have no excuses if they fail to finish in the top four.United travel to St James’ Park to face Benitez’s Newcastle on Wednesday.”It’s a team that has to be easily in the top four, that is very clear,” said the Newcastle boss.”They can compete against Manchester City, Liverpool, anyone. We are talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of everything.”The players they have, they are so good that if you want to win or get points against them you have to perform really well.”When you are a top side like Manchester United, spending millions every year, you have to be in the top four and you have to win the title.”For them, that’s the pressure. Not just now, they had it before, and for sure they will feel the pressure in a few weeks when they will be there fighting with Tottenham, Chelsea, City, Liverpool and Arsenal.” last_img read more

ESPN’s Updated Predictions For College Football Rivalry Games

first_imgLee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit of College GameDay have a discussion.BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)We’re a month into the 2019 college football season and, while some top programs have lived up to the hype, others have not.ESPN’s Football Power Index made predictions for college football’s rivalry games heading into the season, but it’s time to re-evaluate those picks.Here are the FPI’s new predictions for college football’s biggest games.Notre Dame vs. USCWinner: Notre Dame, 82.9% A closeup of Brian Kelly wearing a visor.(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Florida vs. Florida StateWinner: Florida, 86.6% Florida head coach Dan Mullen runs onto the field.(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Nebraska vs. IowaWinner: Iowa, 58.7% A closeup of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz.(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Oklahoma vs. TexasWinner: Oklahoma, 75.3% former alabama quarterback jalen hurts(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Michigan vs. Michigan StateWinner: Michigan, 54.6% Jim Harbaugh during pregame before Michigan's game.(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Alabama vs. LSUWinner: Alabama, 75.6% A closeup of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State vs. Penn StateWinner: Ohio State, 79.4% Ohio State coach Ryan Day looking over his notes during a football game.(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Auburn vs. AlabamaWinner: Alabama, 72.3% A closeup of Nick Saban wearing a headset.(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Michigan vs. Ohio StateWinner: Ohio State, 81.0% Ohio State celebrates its win at Indiana.(Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)last_img read more

Sorrow At Passing of Nova Scotia Legislative Historian

first_imgPREMIER’S OFFICE–Sorrow At Passing of Nova Scotia LegislativeHistorian Premier John Hamm today, Oct. 15, expressed sorrow at the passingof former Nova Scotia legislative librarian and historian ShirleyElliott. “Shirley Elliot, who was inducted last year into the Order ofNova Scotia, was an outstanding scholar, librarian, author,community volunteer and mentor,” Premier Hamm said. “She hasalways been respected, admired and trusted for her contributionsto Nova Scotia’s heritage.” Ms. Elliott served for almost three decades at the province’slegislative library — from 1954 to 1982. She integrated all ofthe valuable materials around Province House into a collection ofNova Scotiana unparalleled in the province. She also transformedthe legislative library into a modern research library. Her booksand articles are key resources for researchers and students, andhelp to create in Nova Scotians a clear understanding of theprovince’s rich history. “Her talent, vast experience, knowledge base and commitment toher community will be sorely missed,” the premier said. Ms. Elliott returned to Wolfville, her birthplace, after sheretired. Her work at home, including the transformation of theWolfville train station into the town’s public library, will alsoserve as lasting testaments to her thoughtful, caring commitmentto literacy and Nova Scotia’s heritage.last_img read more

As flu season reaches peak WHO steps up efforts to fight disease

The World Health Organization (WHO) also strongly advised early vaccination as the best prevention against the potentially devastating disease. “Influenza vaccines have an excellent safety record. In particular, the elderly and patients with chronic illnesses should see their doctor or health worker and get their flu vaccination,” said Dr. David L. Heymann, Executive Director at WHO Communicable Diseases branch. For healthy people, influenza normally amounts to high fever, headache and a few days in bed. However, for the elderly and chronically ill, the flu can be fatal. To save lives, WHO brings together influenza experts every year to compose a vaccine for the following year. More than 230 million vaccine doses are used annually. According to WHO, during the annual epidemics influenza infects as many as 100 million people annually in the northern hemisphere. While exact figures are unavailable for most countries, in the United States influenza kills approximately 20,000 people each year, the agency said. The elderly and children under one year of age are particularly at risk. History shows the potentially devastating consequences of the disease. The “Spanish flu” pandemic of 1918-19 claimed up to 40 million lives, while in Hong Kong, China, in 1997, one-third of infected patients died. read more

UN envoy visits rebelheld north in Côte dIvoire for first time since

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Albert Tévoédjrè and Gen. Abdoulaye Fall held talks with Guillaume Soro, Secretary-General of the rebel Forces Nouvelles, and visited three sites that came under bombardment last week. Mr. Tévoédjrè reiterated the UN’s commitment to help put the peace process back on track.General Fall said UN military forces, which patrol the Zone of Confidence (ZOC) separating Government and rebel forces had fully played their role in recent days, helping with evacuation as well as observing the violation of the ceasefire. He said they had prevented ground troops from crossing the ZOC, including by firing warning shots in the air.Meanwhile in Abidjan, the West African country’s largest city, the situation continued to gradually return to normal though it still remains tense. Offices, banks and businesses are reopening. Children are slowly returning to school, all of which have opened except for the four French schools.The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), set up in April to monitor the ceasefire and help implement peace accords signed in January 2003, said human rights violations by Forces Nouvelles elements were being reported in Bouaké and other parts of the north.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that the number of Ivorians fleeing the fighting to neighbouring Liberia had climbed to 13,000, with more than 1,000 arriving in just one night, most of them women and children.For its part the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it had been able to resume some of its operations. read more

UBC board of governors votes against divestment from fossil fuel industry

Facebook: UBCC350 VANCOUVER – The University of British Columbia has rejected calls from students and faculty to dump its holdings in the fossil fuel industry, instead promising to create a low-carbon investment fund.The board of governors voted Monday in favour of a motion from its finance committee not to divest and instead establish a so-called sustainable future fund. The fund would include a mandate for low-carbon emissions and be seeded with an initial allocation of $10 million.Getting rid of certain investments is permissible, said finance committee chairman Greg Peet shortly before the vote, but “the universal exclusion of a legally-operating industry that provides irreplaceable goods and services is not.”Peet said aggressive screening criteria for the new fund will result in the divestment of numerous fossil fuel companies.Investments tied to oil, gas and coal companies make up about 10 per cent of the university’s $1.4-billion endowment. Divestment has been an ongoing issue for several years, with students and staff voting separately in favour of pushing fossil fuels out of UBC’s portfolio.Peet told the board Monday that the proposal from staff and students did not make a “compelling case” that divestment would have a meaningful impact on climate change through a moral or political message.He said UBC’s sustainable future fund would have a similar effect to a recommendation made by an advisory committee at the University of Toronto, which called for divestment from fossil fuel companies that “blatantly disregard” efforts to combat climate change.Of the three student representatives on the board, two opposed the motion not to divest and one abstained. The remainder of the board voted in favour.Campus-based environmental advocacy group Divest UBC had circulated a letter calling for a transparent, open and evidence-based consideration of divestment.Spokesman Alex Hemingway told the board that the committee considering the issue refused to meet with his group and only invited it to the final meeting last week.His statements prompted an apology from finance committee member Richard Johnston, who promised the consultation process would be fixed.After the vote, several members of Divest UBC, who were wearing black and carrying anti-fossil fuel signs, stood and chanted in unison, “You are failing us.”Hemingway said after the vote that he was extremely disappointed. He said there are indications the sustainable future fund will continue to invest in coal companies.“We need strong, dramatic action on climate change now, not a drop-in-the-bucket fund.”In 2014, UBC students voted 77 per cent in support of divestment. Last year, faculty voted 62 per cent in favour of selling off the school’s fossil fuel holdings within five years.Concordia University in Montreal became the first Canadian university to adopt a partial divestment policy in December 2014, though that measure only applies to a $5-million fund — a fraction of the school’s $130-million endowment.The University of Calgary, McGill University in Montreal and Dalhousie University in Halifax have all decided against divestment. The University of Toronto’s president is expected to make a final decision by April.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 15, 2016 10:51 am MDT Last Updated Feb 15, 2016 at 3:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email UBC board of governors votes against divestment from fossil fuel industry read more

Joint UN assessment finds better harvests in DPR Korea along with undernutrition

The joint Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission, conducted by the world body’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP), found that overall production for the main 2012 harvest and 2013 early season crops is expected to be 5.8 million metric tons, an improvement of 10 per cent over last year. “This, however, should not mask an ongoing struggle with under-nutrition and a lack of vital protein and fat in the diet, especially for an estimated 2.8 million vulnerable people,” the agencies stated in a joint news release. The Assessment Mission, which visited all nine agricultural provinces in late September/early October, around the main annual cereal harvest, was particularly concerned about a 30 per cent decline in soybean production. It was also concerned with the limited quantity of vegetables available, perpetuating a chronic lack of key proteins, oils, fats, vitamins and micronutrients in most diets. The country needs to import 507,000 metric tons of cereals to meet its basic food needs, according to the Assessment Mission. Even if the Government’s cereal import target of 300,000 metric tons is met, this would leave a staple food deficit of 207,000 metric tons – the lowest in many years. “The country needs to produce more protein-rich foods like soybean and fish and to put more effort into growing two crops a year so a more varied diet is available for everyone,” said an FAO economist and co-leader of the Assessment Mission, Kisan Gunjal. He recommended household vegetable gardens to help improve nutrition as well as changes to the agricultural marketing system to allow farmers to sell their rice, maize and wheat at market. While levels of acute malnutrition have declined, there is still concern as many young children remain highly vulnerable to shocks. It is important to have a more steady supply of specialised nutritious foods such as fortified biscuits and nutritious blended foods, including ‘Super Cereal,’ during the lean season. “This assessment has shown very clearly that we are having an impact in our work to address under-nutrition and it is vital that our programme continues to reach over one million children in nurseries, kindergartens and primary schools with predictable and adequate supplies,” said WFP’s Country Director for DPRK, Claudia von Roehl. “The new harvest figures are good news, but the lack of proteins and fats in the diet is alarming,” she added. “We must double our efforts to reach two million children with a steady stream of nutritious foods and so provide a more balanced, healthy diet.” read more

The Paul George And Carmelo Anthony Trades Are Looking Less OneSided

By Geoff Foster, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Dec. 13, 2017), FiveThirtyEight sports editor Geoff Foster joins Chris and Kyle to break down the latest NBA news. The Golden State Warriors won six straight road games and then continued their streak with a win at home against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. Have the Warriors overcome their early struggles? The group discusses. Next, when the Oklahoma City Thunder padded their team with stars earlier this year, they traded away Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott. But about a third of the way — and two player of the week awards for Oladipo — into the season, the Thunder’s big moves are suddenly looking less one-sided. The group investigates why the exiles are playing so much better on their new teams. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on the Minnesota Timberwolves.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Despite the Warriors’ recent success, ESPN still ranks the Houston Rockets above Golden State.Victor Oladipo was named Eastern Conference player of the week for the second time this season.Doug McDermott has been proving his value to the New York Knicks. read more

US may send 100 special forces to Baghdad official

first_imgTHE UNITED STATES may deploy 100 special forces troops to advise the Iraqi army in its defence of Baghdad from Sunni extremists but not initially to call in airstrikes, US defence officials have said.President Barack Obama is “leaning” toward a limited course of action that would “embed” the commandos with Iraqi forces, one of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.A second US official said the 100 troops would be capable of calling in air strikes if the administration later ordered that step.The 100 troops would be in addition to the 275 forces that Obama has aready mobilized to bolster security at the American embassy in Baghdad, the official said.It was unclear how the White House would explain sending troops to advise the Iraqi army as Obama has vowed not to approve “boots on the ground” in Iraq – three years after a large American force withdrew.Obama’s most senior security advisers met at the White House to discuss the potential deployment minutes before a scheduled announcement by the president on Iraq.The President is due to make a statement on the situation shortly.- © AFP, 2014Read: Drones are ruled in, troops are ruled out but Obama still can’t decide on Iraqlast_img read more

We Want More Stranger Things but Not Too Much More

first_imgStay on target The second season of Stranger Things hit Netflix last Friday and promptly devoured our weekends. It started out much slower than the first season did, but once the season got its hooks in us, there was no turning it off. When the second season was first announced, there was a little apprehension mixed with all the excitement. The first season just nailed everything so well, we all wondered if it was even possible to do it again. Well, the Duffer Brothers did it again. The second season had everything we loved about the first and more. Even the things this season added felt like cool and necessary expansions to the world.By now you know how fantastic the season is, but I want to appreciate those first few episodes for a second. When we still didn’t know what exactly was going on. This season took things slowly, letting us see the subtle changes in the group dynamics now that, for one, Will’s back and for two, they’re all a year older. I’m grateful that the series took longer to get into the scary stuff. We got to spend more time in the world of 1984, which is one of the major reasons we love this show so much. I can’t think of another TV show or movie that recreates its time period so authentically. The parents all still look like they’re in the ’70s, because of course, they would. That’s when they stopped seriously paying attention to style. They found their looks and their sticking with them.Winona Ryder, Sean Astin (Photo by Jackson Lee davis/Netflix)They also have a… hands off parenting style you don’t really see anymore. One of my favorite scenes in the entire series is when Mr. Wheeler tells Dustin, “Our children don’t live here anymore, didn’t you know that?” It’s hilarious and points to a phenomenon that really doesn’t exist anymore. It wasn’t uncommon for kids to take their bikes all around town with no regard for where they ended up. As they entered their early teens, parents were pretty content with letting their kids hang out with friends. It might not even be a huge deal to go a day or two without seeing your child. Even with all the terrifying stuff that happened not a year ago to this town that early-80s kids-will-be-kids attitude persists. The only parent who doesn’t act that way is, understandably, Joyce Byers. She nearly lost her son and is hesitant to let him out of her sight as a result. Between her over-protection and Will’s constant flashbacks/monster visions, you really want to give the kid a hug for the first few episodes.It’s that commitment to accuracy that elevates Stranger Things above other nostalgia pieces. It’s not a cheap reference; it’s a whole world. Outside of the special effects, the show feels like it was made in 1984. So much so that I almost wish it wasn’t in HD. Watching it on a fuzzy VHS (after adjusting fiddling with the tracking buttons for 10 minutes, of course) would just feel… right. And like a real world, it’s changing. It’s an election year, so political signs dot the yard. New kids are moving to town. The whole school doesn’t dress up for Halloween anymore. That’s possibly even scarier than any demodog can ever be. The kids are growing up. That’s why they spent so much time apart this season. During the search for Will, they all stuck together. This time, the boys’ personal journeys each took them their own ways. That’s what happens when you start to grow up. You see your friends less; you develop diverging interests. Maybe you even fight over a girl. In the end though, it’s not as depressing as it sounds. Despite spending most of the season walking their own paths, the kids, Eleven included, all find their way back to each other. True friends stick together no matter how much time they spend apart.Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink (Photo via Netflix)It’s not all bad watching them grow up. The Lucas and Max relationship might just be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s slow and happens almost in the background. It becomes so obvious they like each other, but they’re also 13. They have no idea what to do about it. They just awkwardly stand near each other and pretend not to be interested. We can all see ourselves in their awkward first stabs at flirting. As scary as it seemed at the time, it’s the one part of growing up we can look back on fondly. As an adult, we realized that we all went through that. Even the kids who appeared to have everything together turned into an awkward mess when talking to their crush. We can all remember standing in the mirror, practicing over and over again how we were going to ask someone out for the first time. Just like with Mike and Eleven last season, we rooted for Lucas and Max the whole way through this one. It also helps that Max is just an awesome kid. Not only is she the top scorer at Dig Dug, she’s a talented skater and she’s hilarious. Her self-aware line criticizing the plot of season one is one of the absolute funniest lines of the entire show.As fun as it is returning to what we romanticize as a simpler time, we don’t want to watch them grow up all the way. There’s a reason fans call the cast “the Stranger Things kids.” That’s a huge part of the show’s appeal. It’s about kids, and its portrayal of kids is honest. That’s why it’s so charming when they swear. They talk like we all did when we were that age, and that’s a rare thing to see on TV. The show also doesn’t shy away from showing us that not everything was great in 1984. Max’s stepdad casually throws around sexist and homophobic slurs because that’s what people did. Yes, it’s clear he’s abusive and scary and I really wanted to see a demodog eat his face, but his language wasn’t uncommon in the ’80s. Go back and watch Teen Wolf or Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Casual homophobia was pervasive. Stranger Things is at least progressive in that the language comes out of the mouth of a bad guy.Joe Keery, Gaten Matarazzo (Via Netflix)The Duffer brothers have proven they can write high schoolers just as well as they write 13-year-olds. Steve Harrington’s emergence as a hero was one of the season’s unexpected joys. After he and Nancy broke up, he found himself looking after the kids and becoming the cool babysitter we all wish we had. Meanwhile, Nancy and Jonathan’s relationship had its own sweet moments and was generally fun to watch. That’s all ancillary to the kids’ stories, though. We love Stranger Things because most of it is told from the perspective of the kids. If the show goes on too long, and they age into high school, that magic might go away. After the end of season two, I want to know what happens next. I just don’t want to know too much more. The actors will grow up and become adults. The Stranger Things kids should stay kids.They’re going to grow up faster than we know it they keep living through supernatural traumas once a year. The nostalgia-tinted world of Stranger Things persists and changes much like the real one did. That means there’s no pretending the last season was a fun adventure that’s over now. In season two, the kids are still dealing with the repercussions of season one. Will is changed by what he went through. Eleven has to stay hidden in Hopper’s house, hearing Mike’s voice from afar but not allowed to tell him she’s O.K. The kids are forced to pretend everything is normal when they all know nothing is. Sooner or later, they’re going to catch onto the fact that there is no justice in this world. There wasn’t any for Barb, although we did get closure. There won’t be any for Bob. If Steve was the babysitter we all wish we had, Bob was the perfect stepdad. Sure he was corny, but he meant well. He was smart, dad-funny and completely committed to Joyce’s kids. Sean Astin played him so well, you couldn’t help but fall in love with him too. He didn’t deserve what happened to him, but that’s the way it goes in Stranger Things. Ultimately, it’s a horror movie, and we’re going to lose characters we care about. At least he got turned into a superhero in Will’s comics. That was a nice touch.Millie Bobby Brown(Photo by Tina Rowden/Netflix)The second season was called Stranger Things 2, and that turned out to be much more than a marketing gimmick. In every way, this season felt like a true sequel. It built on everything the last season set up, creating a bigger story with a much larger scope. Watching Stranger Things 2, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Aliens. Instead of one monster, there were hundreds, though they were much easier to handle individually this time around. More than that, it built on and expanded the universe set up by the first one. Some fans have complained that the seventh episode, the one where Eleven goes to Chicago, felt out of place with the rest of the season. Once we get to Stranger Things 3, I’m betting it’ll prove to be one of the most important episodes of the series. First of all, we needed to see Elle’s character arc if her return to the party was going to have the weight that it did. Sending her out into the unforgiving world and forcing her to make a really hard choice was an incredible moment of growth for her character. It affirmed both to us and to Eleven herself just what kind of person she is. While she has killed people in self-defense, she’s not a monster. No matter what someone may have done in the past, she refuses to kill a defenseless father lying on the ground, begging for his life.It also expanded the kinds of stories Stranger Things can tell. It let us see that there’s an entire world outside of Hawkins, Indiana. As Eleven’s name implies, there are other people with powers out there. At least 1o more. Now, we’ve met one and we’ve seen what she can do. Netflix has a huge hit on its hands with Stranger Things. It’s in the streaming service’s best interest to keep it going. Eventually, though, the Stranger Things kids will grow up. The world will keep changing, and the show will lose a lot of what makes it special. The seventh episode showed us one possible way forward for the series. When the series decides the story in Hawkins is done, there’s a whole world of supernatural powers the series can explore. Maybe one day, we’ll get to see what the Upside Down version of Chicago looks like. After season two, I’m eager to follow the kids for one more. There are things I still need to see from Hawkins. We need to know what that giant tentacle monster is. We need some kind of closure in the story of Max’s stepbrother and stepfather. Her brother got a small amount of what he deserved, but I’ve never been more eager to see a character get his than that stepdad. After that though, it’d be cool to see the show take off in some radical new direction. Whatever happens though, just lay off Will for a bit, would you Stranger Things? That kid has been through enough. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img 11 Best Monsters Made From Dead People PartsOriginal ‘Stranger Things’ Plan May Confirm Will Byers’ Sexuality last_img read more

Sandbags available at most County fire stations in San Diego ahead of

first_imgSandbags available at most County fire stations in San Diego ahead of rain Updated: 11:56 AM Posted: January 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom January 14, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two major rainstorms are heading toward San Diego.To help make sure residents are prepared, The County Public Works Department is making sandbags available at most County fire stations.If you need sandbags, you’re advised to call ahead and check availability because some stations may have limited supply. You should also bring a shovel to fill the bags with sand. Public works officials remind you to look around your property and make sure drainage areas are clear of debris.A list of sandbag locations can be found here. last_img read more