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December 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgColor correction tools like DaVinci Resolve are more affordable and accessible than ever, but working with color takes more than just the right software. Here are three tips for building a color correction suite that will improve your output.Top image via Digital ProductionMuch like editing bays, color correction suites come in all shapes and sizes. On the top level, a color room at a high-end facility might have hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment in it, while an at-home setup will naturally be more modest. With that said, just because you might be working from home or from a small facility doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t follow the same principles as the larger color suites.You may not need a $30,000 color board or a 4K projector, but what you do need are a number of basic components that will make or break the quality of your work. Let’s take a look at three of the most important aspects of any color suite.1. Light ControlImage of The Vanity VFX color grading station in Toronto via BTL News If you come from an offline editing background, then you might be used to editing on your laptop on set, in a coffee shop, at the kitchen table, or anywhere else you can find space to set up shop. Unfortunately, things aren’t as simple when working with color, as ambient room light can pose big challenges when handling color work.Imagine attempting to color correct a photo on your iPhone in a dark room. Now imagine trying to color the same photo on your iPhone in broad daylight. Obviously you’ll have a much tougher time working outside, since the glare from the sun makes a perfectly clear view of your screen nearly impossible. The same principle applies inside your color room.Any little bit of light that seeps into your room through a window, door, or elsewhere will negatively impact your color session. Not only does ambient light make it more difficult to view your monitor properly, but it’s inconsistent nature will also throw off your results. For instance, you might start your session in the morning while the sun isn’t yet overhead — but by noon, it’s shining straight through the window. Whether you realize it or not, you’ll be compensating for this extra light in the room by making color adjustments in your footage.For these reasons and more, the first thing you need to do when setting up your color suite is control the light. Buy blackout blinds and install them on every window in your suite to block any and all uncontrolled light. With the house lights off, your room should be pitch black inside, so make whatever changes you need to ensure that your space achieves this.2. Room ColorImage via the Toast AgencyAmbient light isn’t the only variable that can affect your ability to see color objectively — the colors in your room can pose just as many challenges.If you’ve ever worked in a professional color suite, you know that almost all of them have walls that are painted grey. The reason for this is quite simple: if your room is any color other than a neutral grey, your eyes will adjust to the ambient color of the room. Therefore, you’ll be making inaccurate judgements when it comes to coloring your footage.Think of what happens when you wear blue sunglasses for more than a few minutes and then take them off — everything now appears yellow, or warm. This is because your eyes have an ability to “white balance,” so to speak, and this phenomenon can occur just as obviously when you’re inside your color suite.If you were to attempt to color a project in a room that’s painted a bright vivid color (let’s say cherry red), there’s no question that your images would all have a very distinct color cast to them. Your eyes would adjust to the red in the room pretty quickly. In an unconscious attempt to balance the color of the image to your eyes, you’d be inadvertently adding more red to your images than called for.So, if you plan on doing professional color work, be sure to paint your room neutral grey to avoid headaches and technical issues with your projects. It’s also ideal to use light fixtures that have a color temperature of 6500K for greater consistency and accuracy.3. Calibrated MonitorEven if your room is light controlled and painted neutral grey, you aren’t quite out of the woods yet. The other huge variable to consider when working on color projects your monitoring system set up — more specifically, how it’s calibrated.Regular computer monitors are not designed for critical color work. Some monitors are warmer than others, some have too much contrast, others are oversaturated, and so on. The bottom line is that a $150 monitor from Best Buy is never going to display colors to meet a professional standard, and attempting to use monitors like this to color with is ill-advised.If you’re serious about color, you really need to invest in a proper broadcast monitor that can take an SDI video signal and be calibrated professionally. You may not need to invest in a color board right away, or a huge office space to work in, but investing in a monitor is an absolute must. In many ways, your monitor is the heart of your color operation — so if there’s one area you’re going to want to invest your money, it’s here.Interested in learning more about color grading? Check out the color grading section of the PremiumBeat Blog.last_img read more

December 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPunjab’s main Opposition, the Aam Aadmi Party, on Wednesday postponed a legislators’ meeting to August 24 to frame a strategy for the upcoming Assembly session to allow the party’s rebel faction to participate. The meeting was scheduled to be held on Wednesday. It was deferred after a group of the AAP’s dissident MLAs, led by ousted Leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira, alleged that the meeting was deliberately called on Wednesday to coincide with their volunteers’ convention at Kotkapura. “We have postponed the meeting of our party legislators to August 24 (and it will be held) at 11 a.m. at the Vidhan Sabha,” Dirba MLA and LoP in the Punjab Assembly Harpal Singh Cheema said. “Kanwar Sandhu on Tuesday said that they (the rebel faction) wanted to attend the meeting but it was deliberately scheduled for Wednesday so that they could not attend it. Therefore, we postponed it and they are now welcome to (join) the meeting,” he said. Invitations for the meeting will be sent again to all the MLAs, he added. When asked how the party will put up a united face in the Assembly in the wake of the ongoing infighting, Mr. Cheema ruled out the possibility of any embarrassing situation. “They (rebel group) may do whatever they want to do outside. But in the Vidhan Sabha they will have to go by the party line,” he asserted. The three-day Assembly session will be held from August 24 to 28. The AAP plunged into crisis after Mr. Khaira was sacked as the Leader of the Opposition in July. Since then, the crisis has only deepened with the dissidents forming an ad hoc Political Affairs Committee (PAC) and naming Mr. Khaira as the interim chief of the party’s State unit.last_img read more

November 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMumbai, Mar 16 (PTI) Realty stocks ended today on a mixed note a day after Parliament gave nod to a Bill that promises relief to home buyers and proposes imprisonment of up to three years, besides monetary penalty for any violation of rules. Shares of National Buildings Construction Corporation rose by 4.20 per cent, Sobha went up by 1.21 per cent, Mahindra Lifespace (0.89 per cent), Phoenix Mills (0.85 per cent) and DLF (0.85 per cent) on BSE. In contrast, Prestige Estates lost 2.47 per cent, HDIL (2.12 per cent), D B Realty (1.59 per cent), Unitech (1.33 per cent), Indiabulls Real Estate (1.31 per cent) and Godrej Properties (0.66 per cent). The BSE realty index ended the day on a flat note, down 0.11 per cent at 1,173.37. The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2013, approved by the Lok Sabha yesterday, after its passage by the Rajya Sabha, is designed to protect consumer interest, ensure efficiency in all property-related transactions, improve accountability of developers, boost transparency and attract more investments to the sector, the government said. It provides for setting up of a Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) which will ensure timely execution of projects — both residential and commercial. PTI SUM ARDlast_img read more

November 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — Missing their two starting forwards could have been a problem for the Portland Trail Blazers. Instead, it was an opportunity.Damian Lillard had 28 points and 10 assists to lead the Blazers to a 97-87 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 15, despite the absences of LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum.Three-time All-Star Aldridge was out with an upper respiratory illness. Batum missed his third game with a bruised knee. Coach Terry Stotts inserted little-used Allen Crabbe and Meyers Leonard into their places in the lineup.Fortified by strong bench play, Portland didn’t miss a beat.“The contributions of everybody off the bench — it was definitely a team win.” Stotts said. “It just shows the young guys are getting better.”Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 21 points, matching up against twin brother Robin for the first time in two years. Joe Johnson added 20 points and Deron Williams had 19 for the Nets, who were coming off losses to Phoenix and Golden State.Reserve center Chris Kaman scored 12 for Portland and Leonard had a career-high 12 rebounds.The Blazers have won four straight.They carried a double-digit lead until late in the fourth quarter, when Kevin Garnett made two free throws and Mirza Teletovic scored at the hoop to get Brooklyn within 88-82. However, Wesley Matthews countered with a 3-pointer for Portland and the Nets got no closer.“At the end of the game we were right there, we got to where we wanted to get,” Brook Lopez said. “We just didn’t finish.”The Blazers went on an 11-2 run at the end of the first quarter to take a 24-15 lead. Williams scored Brooklyn’s first 10 points of the second, but the Nets failed to close the gap and Portland took a 50-39 lead into the half.Lillard and Robin Lopez each scored eight points in the third for Portland, with Lillard giving Portland a 66-53 lead with a 3-pointer midway through the quarter.(JOEL FOWLKS)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRumours about the mid-range Pixel phone aka the Pixel 3 Lite are flooding the internet. On Monday, a photo of Pixel 3 Lite was leaked showing the phone kept next to the Pixel 3. The photo showed that compared to the Pixel 3, the Pixel 3 Lite will sport much thicker bezels and come with Pixel 2-like design scheme. Now, some more pictures of the Pixel 3 Lite have surfaced online, which show the device placed next to several phones including the Google Pixel, the Pixel 3, and also iPhones like the new iPhone XS, iPhone XR and more.The newly leaked pictures of the Pixel 3 Lite show the phone next to several phones from Google, Apple and also Nokia. The Pixel 3 Lite seen in the images is a pre-production unit, and we say that because the typical Google brand logo seems to be missing from the back panel of the panel. The pictures go in line with the previous leaks and show the phone with single camera setup paired with single LED flash. Right below the rear camera setup there’s a circular shaped fingerprint sensor on the back panel.The pictures show the alleged Pixel 3 Lite white colour while the lock key appears in yellow, the volume keys, however, are painted in white. The newly leaked pictures show the Pixel 3 Lite next to Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, iPhone XS and iPhone XR. In one of the leaked pictures, the phone is also shown next to the old Nokia 8810 phone. The whole idea behind picturing the Pixel 3 Lite next to these phones is to show the design changes that Google is planning to bring to its mid-range Pixel.advertisementAs of now, Google hasn’t officially revealed the launch dates of the Pixel 3 Lite, but going by the rumours, the phone could go official sometime around January next year. Ahead of the launch, some of the key specs of the Pixel 3 Lite have also surfaced online. According to leaks and rumours just like the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL, the upcoming mid-range Pixel phone will also run on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.Other rumours suggest that the Pixel 3 Lite is expected to sport a 5.56-inch full-HD+ IPS display with resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels and aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The phone is either expected to be powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 or the recently announced Snapdragon 710 SoC. Rumours also suggest that the Pixel 3 Lite will come in only one model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. On the camera front, the Pixel 3 Lite is expected to sport the same camera setup as the Pixel 3. This means that the phone will sport a 12-megapixel rear camera paired with an LED flash and an 8-megapixel camera on the front. The phone could come with a 2,915mAh battery paired with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ support and 3.5mm headphone jack.ALSO READ: Pixel 3 Lite pictured again along with Pixel 3, launch possible in January 2019As of now, there are no official details regarding the price of the Pixel 3 Lite but rumours suggest that it could be priced around Rs 35,000 in India and stand against phones like OnePlus 6T.last_img read more

October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned North Korea’s latest nuclear weapon testing and is urging the United Nations to take further steps to contain the country’s nuclear proliferation efforts.Trudeau issued a statement Sunday that says North Korea’s nuclear test and aggressive missile testing threatens the safety and security of its neighbours and the international community.He says North Korea is only further isolating itself by the continued testing.The statement calls on the UN Security Council to take further decisive action to effectively constrain North Korea’s proliferation efforts.North Korea announced this weekend that it had detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear test yet, which the country’s government declared a “perfect success.”Trudeau also stated that Canada would continue to work with allies including South Korea, Japan, and the U.S., but did not provide more details on his government’s involvement.He has previously stated that Canada would not get involved in the U.S. ballistic missile defence shield.last_img read more

October 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgCelebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli is calling upon New York City’s restaurants and diners to join her in honoring our nation’s heroes this Veterans Day through the 3rd Annual Dine Out for Heroes, a benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation.The Food Network personality and executive chef of Butter Restaurant was drawn to the fundraiser for injured veterans because of its simplicity.“Dine Out for Heroes is just such an easy way for restaurants to honor those who’ve served while affording diners the opportunity to take a break from their busy schedules, enjoy a great meal, and reflect on the meaning of the holiday,” said Guarnaschelli.Restaurants wishing to take part simply pledge to donate $1 per customer served on Veterans Day. In addition to Butter, some of this year’s participating restaurants include Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C., Beauty & Essex, The Lambs Club, BLT Steak & BLT Prime, Jane Restaurant, Nobu, and Tribeca Grill.Participating restaurants will be highlighted on the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s website, as well as by sponsor OpenTable, making it simple for diners to make reservations. Collateral materials like window clings will be provided to restaurants, a great way to entice customers—including the estimated half-million people who will visit Manhattan to watch the city’s annual Veterans Day Parade.‘Dine Out for Heroes’ is spearheaded by restaurateurs Peter and Penny Glazier, founders of Glazier Works, with Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox, founders of the New York Comedy Festival, and Bob Woodruff and Lee Woodruff, co-founders of the Bob Woodruff Foundation.“We’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of support received from patrons over the past two years,” said Penny Glazier and Caroline Hirsch. “With Alex Guarnaschelli now on board, we look forward to welcoming many new restaurants and community members.”‘Dine Out for Heroes’ (#Dine4Heroes) will follow on the heels of the 10th annual Stand Up for Heroes, a collaboration between the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival that has raised more than $33 million to date to support injured service members and their families.Together, these efforts will continue to honor the sacrifice of returning service members, veterans and their families by offering support in the effort to heal the physical and psychological wounds of war. To date, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has reached more than 2.5 million impacted veterans, service members and their families.Restaurants can register for this year’s Dine Out for Heroes by visiting read more

October 13, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNEW YORK — Small business owners may want to save for retirement but are anxious about diverting money away from their companies. But many owners have found ways to invest in themselves as well as their businesses.Some tips about saving from owners and financial advisers:— Saving for retirement can be easier if an owner creates a concrete plan and timeline to do it. Thea Ducrow, who is building a new advisory business after being an organizational consultant for more than 20 years, needs to focus for now on marketing her new Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company. But, she says, “My goal is to begin saving for retirement again by the end of the first quarter of 2019.”Nathan Fisher, senior executive vice-president of Fisher Investments 401(k) Solutions, suggests owners ask themselves how much they want to save each year for the next few years.— Owners who don’t think they have money for savings may find it by looking for ways to reduce expenses and increase revenue. Ducrow says her pricing strategy is not to set her fees too low — that gives her the income that she can set aside. Shamila Nduriri, owner of Las Vegas-based jewelry company Dalasini, decided to open a business with high margins because it would give her more flexibility to save.— Business owners who expect to sell their companies to fund their retirement need to think now about whether they’ll be able to find a buyer or get the sales price they’re hoping for, says David O’Brien, a financial adviser with Revolution Advisors. For example, if the owner is the company’s biggest asset, it may not bring the price an owner hopes for unless the owner brings in or promotes employees who can keep the business going.— Owners still have time to set up retirement accounts for themselves and employees and get tax breaks for this year. Simplified Employee Pension, or SEP, plans can be set up well into 2019 and still qualify for a 2018 deduction. Information is available in IRS Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business; owners can find it on the IRS website, ._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: Joyce Rosenberg at . Her work can be found here: M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 11, 2019 | | Post a Comment

In a press statement issued late yesterday, the Council also commended Burundi for the progress it has made in its peace process and for consolidating democratic debate in the country.“The members of the Council call upon all the political stakeholders of Burundi to participate fully in the electoral process, in particular the legislative and senatorial elections scheduled for 23 and 28 July 2010, to respect the result of the polls and to work to ensure the proper conduct of the presidential election scheduled for 28 June 2010,” the Council said.According to media reports, after the ruling National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) won last month’s local council elections, opposition parties grouped under the umbrella Alliance of Democrats for Change accused their rivals of electoral fraud, and said they would not participate in Monday’s presidential polls, leaving incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza as the only candidate.In their statement, members of the Council stressed the importance of ensuring an inclusive, peaceful, free and fair electoral process in the spirit of reconciliation enshrined in the Burundian Constitution.“The members of the Council recall the need to respect the legal framework, including the existing legal mechanisms to manage possible disputes emerging from the electoral process. The members of the Council encourage the Independent National Electoral Commission to dialogue with all political parties, within the scope of its mandate,” they added.They commended Burundians for turning up in large numbers to participate in the local council elections last month, saying the impressive turnout was a demonstration of their commitment to democracy and peace.“The members of the Council condemn any recourse to violence. The members of the Council underline that Burundi has the opportunity to provide an example to Africa and the rest of the world of a country that has come together and emerged from conflict and progressed towards democracy, stability and development,” the Council’s statement said. 24 June 2010The Security Council has urged Burundi’s political parties to participate fully in the country’s legislative elections next month, and work to ensure the proper conduct of the presidential poll scheduled for Monday, amid reports that the opposition is boycotting the presidential contest. read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The Tamil Nadu government banned the release of the multi-starrer movie, citing ‘law and order’ reasons, following the demand of various Muslim organisations in the state, the Hindu newspaper reported today. The Hindi version of the film titled Vishwaroop was premiered in Los Angeles on Wednesday for international audience. Reacting to the ban, Kamal Hassan said: “I am in a different time zone. Either media waits for me to wake up or justice will…”Kamal Haasan is currently in the United States promoting his movie. The statement was released by his spokesperson. The government has decided to temporarily ban the screening of the Tamil movie ‘Vishwaroopam’ in Sri Lanka.Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the decision was taken amidst fears the movie may incite religious tensions in Sri Lanka. The Tamil Nadu government has also imposed a temporary ban on the movie which was directed by popular Tamil actor Kamal Hassan. read more

October 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

DENVER — Colorado is tightening its air quality regulations and requiring at least 5% of the vehicles sold in the state by 2023 to emit zero pollution.The rule approved Friday by the state Air Quality Control Commission applies to auto manufactures, not buyers.It’s aimed at boosting electric vehicle use in a state struggling to control air pollution in heavily populated areas.Green Car Reports tracks developments in low-pollution vehicles and says Colorado is the 11th state to adopt zero-emissions requirements.The auto industry groups Global Automakers and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers praised the rule. They say they have worked with Colorado officials on structuring the requirement.Environmental groups also welcomed the standards. The Colorado Freedom to Drive Coalition called them costly and futile.___This story has been corrected to say Colorado would be the 11th state to adopt zero-emissions requirements, not the 15th.The Associated Press read more

October 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

SASKATOON – As hundreds of wildfires tear through northern Saskatchewan, the province’s mining sector is being affected in more ways than one.Claude Resources had to suspend operations at its Seabee gold mine as one of the over 100 fires came within eight kilometres of the site. Most of the roughly 355 employees were removed, with some essential personnel remaining behind.Mining giants Cameco and Areva have had to stop shipping uranium from their northern operations as highways and airstrips are periodically closed by smoke and flame.“It’s a bit of a juggling act, but we’re managing to get through it,” said Cameco spokesman Gord Struthers.Though fire has not directly threatened Cameco’s mines, northern residents make up roughly half of the company’s workforce. Struthers said they have tried to remain flexible in the face of widespread evacuations.“It’s a major ordeal for many of the people who work for us,” he said. “You know, they have family members evacuated, and they may have fires threatening their communities or property.”Both Cameco and Areva did not expect their uranium deliveries to suffer thanks to their large inventories, and Struthers said they have managed to maintain the inflow of essential supplies.Greg Poelzer is the executive chair of the international centre for northern governance and development at the University of Saskatchewan.“A lot of the work around any kind of expansion or refurbishing … the summer’s a very important time of year for that,” he said. “This puts limitations on mines to be able to do those kind of operations.”Poelzer added that these impacts have a ripple effect on all of the businesses which serve the mining sector.“In terms of the whole chain, the economic chain around the mining sector, it has fairly wide-ranging implications,” he said.Though wildfires are hardly a new phenomenon in the north, Poelzer said changing climate patterns may mean that more severe fire seasons represent “a new normal.”“We’re going to have to come up with some policies as a province … for the long haul to protect these assets and to protect that economy,” he said. by Kurtis Doering, CKOM, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 15, 2015 7:17 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 15, 2015 at 7:52 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Officials say mining sector in Saskatchewan being affected by wildfires read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Highlighting her own country’s success in slashing extreme poverty, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff today used her role as first national leader to address the annual General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly to stress the urgent need to revive the global economy.“It is vital and urgent to restore the dynamism of the global economy, which should work towards fostering investment, international trade and the reduction of inequalities among countries,” she told the leaders of 193 nations gathered here on the first day of the Debate, where Brazil has traditionally been called as the first national speaker.“Regarding international trade, there must be a unanimous commitment to a work program that leads to the conclusion of the Doha Round (of international talks on eliminating tariffs and other barriers to global trade),” she said.She called for an end to the insufficient representation and participation of developing countries in decision-making at international financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, as well as on the 15-member UN Security Council, a decades-old demand by Brazil and many other regional power-houses.On the Israeli-Palestinian crisis Ms. Rousseff deplored the recent “tragic events” in Gaza and the disproportionate use of force that affected civilians, especially women and children, and reiterated her country’s support for a two-State solution, with Palestine and Israel living side by side in security and within internationally recognized borders. She also condemned “the systematic massacre of the Syrian people; the tragic national destruction of Iraq; the serious insecurity in Libya; the conflicts in the Sahel; and the clashes in Ukraine.”Ms. Rousseff is among the many leaders who will address the general debate of 69th General Assembly, which is meeting through 1 October on the theme, “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.” Made up of all the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of international issues covered by the UN Charter. read more

September 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA groundbreaking youth program in the remote communities of western South Australia is promising to become a model for resources companies wanting to genuinely connect with their Indigenous neighbours. That is the outcome already from the program in just its first few months of early work. An initiative of Adelaide-based energy company Beach Petroleum and Save the Children, the three-year program was launched late last year with a A$600,000 grant from Beach – representing one of the State’s largest single corporate expressions of assistance for resources-linked remote communities.The program aims to provide practical ‘life skills’  for young people in Ceduna, Koonibba, Yalata and Oak Valley.Organisers announced today that in just four months since the launch, program staff had already held an intensive series of meetings with elders and community groups in the four communities. These talks had successfully provided sufficient feedback to lay the groundwork for the development of a strategic Plan of Action to guide mentoring and educational activities for the first program in Yalata.“Under the protocols of the sponsorship, we have been given sufficient time to go out and meet with different groups to gain a real presence in the four communities and – more importantly – to gain their trust and respect,” Save the Children’s Programs Manager, Ms Joan O’Connor, said. “We have hired a full-time Program Coordinator – based in Ceduna – and this full-time, on the ground presence is making a measurable and positive difference in the willingness of individuals and communities to participate.”The newly appointed Program Coordinator, David Peedom, has long experience in negotiating and consulting with indigenous communities in Australia and overseas, bringing a level of confidence in the initial stages of work.“Before now, I’ve been going out to Ceduna six or seven times a year to talk with local families and be advised of their needs. But having someone permanently there and accessible to the communities has been a major plus for us,” O’Connor said.Save the Children has been involved in the Ceduna area for more than 20 years, through various youth health and nutrition programs, and a soon-to-be-launched parenting program. But O’Connor says the youth program may open the door to a whole new level of support – both in the communities of western South Australia, and further afield.“This is, to my knowledge, the first time that a South Australian resources company has become involved in this kind of program at such a grassroots level,” she said. “It has really stirred the corporate community to do more on issues of social responsibility.”Next month, Peedom and a small team will work with community representatives to develop a long-term Plan of Action for youth development in Yalata, which will also provide a model for the other three communities.“Although this is initially a three-year program, we are laying the foundations for a concerted program of support over five to ten years and beyond,” O’Connor said.Save the Children has already identified 10 young people with the potential to become mentors to specific groups within the community. These people will be the first beneficiaries of a new TAFE certificate designed to improve community-appropriate mentoring skills, leading eventually to other qualifications addressing specific education needs and practical skills for job-seeking and employment.The program also proposes a number of innovative uses of sport, music and recreational activities as gateways for the mentoring process.As a result, Save the Children’s efforts are attracting support from several State Government Departments, Families SA, the Indigenous Coordination Centre and the Far West Women’s Group.“We are focused on the individual communities becoming an integral part of the decision-making process – as opposed to historically, just being told what to do,” O’Connor said.The South Australian program is attracting wider audience, with Save the Children already being approached by a number of mining companies wishing to support indigenous communities in Western Australia, where the organisation conducts similar programs in the Kimberleys.“This program is a new venture in SA, but we are winning strong support from the State Government and are very confident that it will generate more attention and support from a range of SA companies in the future,” said Ms Michele Leonard, Save the Children’s Australia Program General Manager. “Beach Petroleum’s commitment and ongoing backing is a bold step but demonstrates how a resources company can work together with local remote area communities to make a difference in the lives of people who don’t normally benefit from this kind of initiative. Such corporate vision is inspirational.”last_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Share5 Tweet Email By Ashleigh McDonald Image: Press Association Feb 14th 2018, 3:10 PM Short URL No Comments 65,832 Views center_img Alleged rugby rape victim was ‘crying and sobbing’ in taxi, court hears The driver says when police contact him, he knew “straight away” what it was about. Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 4:45 PM Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding. Updated at 4.40pmA TAXI DRIVER who took a young woman home from an afterparty at the home of rugby international Paddy Jackson said she was “crying and sobbing throughout the journey”, a court heard today.The Fonacabs driver also revealed that when police contacted him days after an alleged rape, he knew “straight away” what it was in connection with.The taxi driver was working in the early hours of Tuesday 28 June 2016 when he picked up Rory Harrison and a young woman.Harrison and three other co-accused are standing trial at Belfast Crown Court on charges arising from an alleged sex attack on a then 19-year old woman in the bedroom of Jackson’s south Belfast home.The woman who claimed she was raped left Jackson’s home just before 5am and was brought home by Harrison in a taxi.Giving evidence during the third week of the trial, the taxi driver was asked by Crown prosecutor Toby Hedworth QC how the young woman “appeared to be”. The witness told the court and jury:The young woman definitely seemed very upset. She was crying and sobbing throughout the journey, and she didn’t really talk very much at all, bar telling me where she needed to go to.When asked how she interacted with the male passenger – Harrison – the driver replied: “The gentleman in question was attempting to comfort the lady. He would have been holding on to her. I believe I remember, her head was placed on his chest and he was trying to comfort her.”The driver also recalled Harrison having a conversation on his mobile phone, saying he heard “small snippets of conversation … I would explain it was sort of talking in code”.When asked about what he heard, the driver said:I recall him saying to the person on the phone ‘she is with me now, she is not good, I will call you in the morning’.The taxi driver was then questioned about anything he noticed about the woman when she got out of his taxi after arriving home. He said she was unsteady on her feet, and that he saw staining on the backside area of her white trousers. He also revealed he later checked the back seat of his vehicle for staining but saw nothing.Also raised during today’s hearing was a conversation the driver had with Harrison after leaving the young woman home. When a comment was made about a “rough night”, Harrison is alleged to have said, “you have no idea…you could say that”.After the woman made a complaint to the police claiming she had been raped, an investigation was launched. The taxi driver told the court that after learning police wanted to talk to him, “it resonated with me and I knew straight away what it was in relation to”.“It dawned on me, I went ‘oh yeah, it’s in relation to that night’. It all came together, the whole episode came together.”Jackson, aged 26, from Oakleigh Park, and 24-year old Stuart Olding, from Ardenlee Street, have both been charged with rape, while Jackson faces an additional charge of sexual assault.Blane McIlroy, aged 26, from Royal Lodge Road, has been charged with exposure, while Rory Harrison, aged 25, from Manse Road, who has been charged with perverting the course of justice and withholding information.All four defendants deny the charges levelled against them.Further evidence Also called to give evidence was a friend of the young woman’s who had been with her in Ollie’s on the evening of Monday 27 June, and who she texted the following morning, saying she had been raped.And whilst the woman initially didn’t want to go to the police, her friend told her the situation was “beyond serious” and drove her to the Brook Clinic in Belfast.From the witness-box, the friend said she and the woman in question had been partying in the VIP area of Ollie’s, and that the woman texted her later that night to tell her she was at an afterparty in Jackson’s.After arriving home at around 5.15am, the woman texted her friend at 9.51am and said, “worst night ever so I got raped”. When asked about this, the friend said she was in shock. A series of texts between the two were read out, including a message that “2 then 3rd tried to get involved … I was crying”.The woman also texted her friend saying “they are scum. It’s that schoolboy attitude times a million”. She also texted she wasn’t “going to go up against Ulster rugby”.Advising the woman to report the matter, her friend texted and said, “they are known to some people, they are not the be all and end all of the earth”.Urging the woman that “you need to get a full screening”, the friend said the situation was “beyond serious” and also said in a message “you can’t just deal with this on your own”.This same friend ran the woman into the city centre on the afternoon of Tuesday 28 June, where they tried to locate the Rape Crisis Centre. After learning it was closed down, they went to the Brook Centre, where the woman spoke to a counsellor.And when she was asked in the witness-box about the woman’s level of intoxication after the night out in Ollie’s, the friend said they had both been drinking, but the woman was “of sound mind … she could look after herself”.Read: Paddy Jackson denied that ‘threesome’ took place morning after alleged incident, court hearsMore: Rugby rape case: Alleged victim denies she ‘had sex with a number of men’ after going to home uninvited Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding. Image: Press Association Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img 10,040 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 30th 2017, 7:07 AM Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 7:07 AM Share13 Tweet Email1 Fears cyclone will turn parts of Great Barrier Reef into ‘underwater wasteland’ Ongoing inclement conditions mean the extent of the damage from Debbie is not yet known. 9 Comments center_img File photo of Great Barrier Reef Image: BRIAN CASSEY AP/Press Association Images Short URL A POWERFUL CYCLONE that smashed into northeastern Australia could have caused further damage to the under-pressure Great Barrier Reef, turning parts into an “underwater wasteland”, scientists warned today.There are already fears for the survival of corals in the central and northern areas of the World Heritage-listed marine ecosystem that stretches 2,300 kilometres (around 1,430 miles) off the Queensland state coast, after two consecutive years of mass bleaching from warming sea temperatures.While storms can bring relief through rain and cloud cover to corals suffering from heat stress, Tropical Cyclone Debbie, which barrelled through the region this week, mostly struck the reef’s southern parts, which have not been as seriously impacted by bleaching.“It basically came through the southern threshold where you get a transition from the severely bleached reefs to healthy reefs, so it’s hit another part of the reef which half-escaped (the mass bleaching) this year,” James Kerry, a marine biologist at James Cook University, told AFP.“It would have done a lot of damage in the corridor that it came through, perhaps over a range of something like 100 kilometres (about 60 miles), so quite a substantive area.”The reef is already under threat from farming run-off, development and the crown-of-thorns starfish, as well as bleaching, which has been blamed on global warming.When destructive Cyclone Yasi struck northeastern Australia in 2011 following major flooding it badly damaged the reef, degrading water quality and depleting overall cover by 15%.Ongoing inclement conditions mean the extent of the damage from Debbie is not yet known.Patchy destruction Researchers said the impact of previous severe cyclones suggested destruction could be patchy.“The damage can vary a lot from just minor damage, so for example the tips of corals broken off, all the way through to the cyclone picking up really big coral boulders and some of these are three or four-metres across … just smashing the reef,” Mark Read, operations manager at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, told AFP.“So it almost turns what you would think about a coral reef into this strange wasteland underwater.”Read added however that reefs damaged by cyclones previously had shown “quite significant recovery within three to five years” if there were no repeat disturbances, while much of the marine life dependent on the coral swim away or deeper during storms before returning later.- © AFP 2017Read: ‘Like a war zone’: Tourist areas badly hit as Cyclone Debbie ravages Australia coastRead: Another blow for Trump’s new travel ban as court blocks it indefinitely By AFP Image: BRIAN CASSEY AP/Press Association Images File photo of Great Barrier Reeflast_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img CRISPR-Modified Babies Cursed With Short LifespanAntidote to Deadly Box Jellyfish Venom Discovered Stay on target Every time the flu comes round, and every year we have to get shots or risk spending a week feeling like shit. It’s not really a big deal, but it’s definitely a pain. Or… at least it’s not a big deal to most people. Harmless as the flu may seem, it still kills hundreds of thousands of people each year and hospitalizes millions — often those with poor or weakened immune function.While vaccines help, many can’t get them for medical reasons or, for those with the aforementioned poor immune function, may not even benefit from them. That’s not to mention that vaccines don’t even give complete strain coverage, either. So it would be great to have some weapon against the bug that’s better than Tamiflu.With modern computing and chemical engineering techniques though, scientists have been able to design proteins from the ground up. If that sounds like an exciting new front in the war on disease, that’s because it is. And thanks to research like it, we may have stumbled onto one of the most powerful weapons against this perennial virus yet.When the flu attacks a cell, it uses what amounts to microscopic grappling hooks to latch onto a target and close in. Back in 2011, a team of researchers led by David Baker at the University of Washington Seattle were able to create a protein that could interfere with that grappling hook mechanism. The problem, though, is that flu viruses often have guardian proteins protecting those hooks from interference.Now, Baker and his team have engineered a new protein, based on that idea that can latch onto the grappling hooks’ heads and keep them from moving. Then, they spliced that into a bacterium so they could create billions of copies of the molecule for testing.Once they had that down, they started testing their new chemical in mice. The drug was able to prevent infection if given either one day before or after exposure — a pretty lenient window, all told. And it’s likely that window will improve with time. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that this drug will lead to a cure in the immediate future. While this is a huge victory and it opens the path for a possible flu cure, the strains Baker’s team tested the drug on weren’t the same types that usually infect humans. So there would need to be a lot of fine-tuning, which will take years, at least.In the near-term, the protein could very well serve as an early diagnostic tool, allowing doctors to quickly rule out whether someone has the flu or something more serious. A lot of really wicked stuff can masquerade as the flu, and misdiagnoses lead to thousands of deaths a year.For now, though, I’m just glad we’re still making progress on fighting one of our most pernicious natural foes — influenza. Now if only we could kick cold’s ass… or cancer… That’s a toughie for sure. Though if CRISPR lives up to the hype, we may well have that licked too.last_img read more

September 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter AP, November 30, 2018 Westfield Plaza Bonita Toy Donation AP NATIONAL CITY (KUSI) – Westfield and the National City Police Department are joining forces for the National City Police Department’s annual holiday toy drive.Donate new, unwrapped toys by December 18th to be passed on to local children and families in need.Toys will be collected at Westfield Plaza Bonita during center hours at the big red toy donation box inside the center near The Broken Yolk Café. Posted: November 30, 2018last_img read more

September 15, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSomething for the weekend…Employees around the globe have been bringing the festive spirit into their place of work by decorating their desks with Christmas cheer.Some have opted for life-sized gingerbread houses, while others have gone for snow scenes, gift-covered or candy cane-themed decor, or fireplaces decked with stockings.Workers are sharing their festive creations on social media site Tumblr, via the Holiday Cubes page and #holidaycubes hashtag.The Employee Benefits team is wondering whether yuletide decoration could increase employee engagement and motivation during the festive season… (and whether our creative skills could stretch to constructing desk-sized gingerbread houses).last_img read more

September 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA cloud of smoke is seen after an explosion in Kandahar, Afghanistan on 22 May 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. — ReutersA minibus packed with explosives blew up in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday causing dozens of casualties, officials said, as fighting continued across the country during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.The blast, near one of the city’s main markets, sent a huge cloud of dust and smoke into the air.Nematullah Barak, head of Mirwais hospital in Kandahar, said six dead and more 30 wounded, including several children, had been brought in.A statement from the NDS intelligence service said the minibus, packed with explosives, was discovered in a large open yard of mechanics workshops but blew up before it could be defused.There was no immediate claim of responsibility.Hundreds of people have been killed or wounded in high-profile bomb attacks since the beginning of the year, many in the capital Kabul, but provincial cities have also been hit as the Taliban, seeking to reimpose hardline Islamic rule, have stepped up fighting across the country.Kandahar province, on the border with Pakistan, is a major center of opium cultivation and a stronghold of the Taliban but the city has recently been relatively secure.Tuesday’s explosion came as the Taliban pushed ahead with their spring offensive, launched last month, with fighting in other areas of the country.As many as seven police were killed in clashes on Monday night between security forces and the Taliban in the southwest province of Ghazni, where the insurgents have cut a key highway with the neighboring province of Paktika, officials said.Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, said a large Taliban force, armed with heavy weapons, attacked government positions in five districts of the province late on Monday, with fighting continuing until dawn.Insurgents burned down the police headquarters in Jaghato district, he said.The latest fighting coincided with a US government report that found few signs of progress so far this year, with fighting spreading across the country and hundreds of casualties from high profile attacks in Kabul and other cities.Security officials say violence is expected to pick up as preparations continue for parliamentary elections scheduled for October.last_img read more