Video Editing Quick Tip: Matching Shot Colors

first_imgMatching shot colors between two clips is easier than ever with these simple tips for Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro users.Top image via ShutterstockKeeping your shots well lit and consistently colored throughout your project can be one of the most challenging aspects of video production. Whether you’re shooting with different cameras, shooting at different times of day, or receiving footage from many different shooters, maintaining a consistent visual aesthetic can be difficult — but not if you know how to properly ensure your shots are colored the way you want them to be. Let’s look at the best way to make it happen.Matching Shot Colors in Final Cut ProFinal Cut Pro offers the easiest way to match color, thanks to the accurately titled Match Color tool. The method is fast, efficient, and can cut time from your workflow. Larry Jordan recorded an excellent tutorial showcasing the simple process and the steps needed to maximize quality and efficiency. He uses vastly different clips to attain totally different looks for his footage. You can watch his tutorial here.We briefly covered the Match Color tool in our previous creating stylized grades in FCPX tutorial. Jump to the 2:50 mark in this tutorial to see how easy it is. – You can download free footage to follow along with this tutorial on our FCPX page.First, select the clip you want to change. Under the Enhancements menu, select Match Color.Next, scrub through a different clip that you want to match the color from. Then hit Apply Match. Voila!Matching Shot Colors in Premiere ProMatching color in Premiere Pro isn’t as simple as it is in Final Cut Pro, but it’s still relatively easy nonetheless. Instead of offering a one-click route, the best option is to physically tweak the colors.Jordy Vandeput from Cinecom gives us a condensed walk-through on which steps to take in order to match clips correctly. He begins by stating the obvious: Consider every single object, person, and background in the shot in order for the transition to look natural. The three most important settings to address — in order — are color temperature, exposure and saturation.Though this may seem tedious, it does allow you to work in greater detail with your images. For additional help with matching shots, PremiumBeat’s own Noam Kroll wrote an in-depth article on creating a seamless blend in two-camera projects.Know of any other short cuts for matching color? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Police take dog into custody

first_imgA dog was taken into police custody after two persons claiming to be its owners failed to settle the ownership dispute, the police said here.A resident of the Civil Lines area claimed that his dog, which had been missing for two months, was spotted on his neighbour’s roof on Thursday. He claimed that he had brought the labrador from Bareilly on Diwali. However, the neighbour claimed that the dog belonged to him. The police were called when the two failed to resolve the matter between them. The police took the dog into custody. Police station in-charge Devesh Kumar Singh said: “The dog is in police custody. The pet will be handed over to the real owner after a probe.”last_img

Kawasaki Versys 1000 introduced in India, priced at Rs 10.69 lakh

first_imgIndia Kawasaki Motors today revealed the price of Versys 1000. The premium motorcycle will be sold in the country for Rs 10.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It will be available in two colour options — pearl flat stardust white and metallic flat spark black.A crossover sport model of Ninja 1000, Versys 1000 gets a 1,043 cc, DOHC, four-stroke, in-line, liquid-cooled engine churning out 120 PS of power at 9,000 rpm and producing 102 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm. It comes with a six-speed transmission.Kawasaki’s cruise control system allows a desired speed to be maintained on Versys 1000, reducing stress on the right hand when going for long distances. It gets a long-travel suspension and lightweight 17-inch wheels at the front and rear contribute to quick, sporty handling.The supersport-grade high-precision brake management system of Kawasaki is now standard on Versys 1000. This is the same system used on Ninja H2 and Ninja ZX-10R, with programming and settings revised to suit the street performance parameters and long-travel suspension of the Versys 1000. The bike gets dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs in the front and single 250 mm petal disc at the back. There is a dual radial-mount, monobloc, four-piston caliper in the front and a single-piston in the rear.”The bespoke Versys 1000 has a style of adventure model, but it is most suited for sport riding and long touring. Technically, it is a crossover from the Ninja 1000 with a purpose of thrilling performance with everyday versatility. I hope our customers explore endless possibilities with the Versys 1000,” said India Kawasaki Motors Managing Director Naoki Matsumoto.advertisementThe motorcycle will be manufactured in Kawasaki India’s factory situated in Chakan, Pune. The customers who had booked Versys 1000 during pre-booking period can expect the delivery of their motorcycle from March 2019 onwards.Versys 1000 gets a twin-tube, aluminium frame. It is 2,270 in length, while the width and height are 895 mm and 1,400 mm, respectively. It has a wheelbase of 1,520 mm and ground clearance of 150 mm. The curb mass is 255 kg and fuel capacity is 21 litres.Each of the new LED headlamps features low and high beams as well as a position lamp. They offer significantly increased brightness. New instrumentation with an advanced, high-tech design gives the Versys 1000 cockpit a very high-class appearance. The analogue-style tachometer on the bike is complemented by a full digital LCD screen. Windscreen height can be easily adjusted from the rider’s seat.ALSO READ | Land Rover Discovery Sport set to get major updates in 2019ALSO READ | Mahindra Marazzo to soon get automatic transmissionALSO READ | Honda CB300R off to a flying start, booked for over three months in just 25 dayslast_img read more

CASTLE PUB TO HOST WOUNDED WARRIORS BENEFIT

first_imgSIOUX CITY’S CASTLE PUB WILL HOST A SPECIAL EVENT SATURDAY NIGHT TO BENEFIT WOUNDED WARRIORS.PUB MANAGER DOMINGO TORRES SAYS THERE WILL BE FOOD, FUN AND MUSIC TO SUPPORT WOUNDED MILITARY VETERANS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/RIBS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..TEN BONES. :24PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO WOUNDED WARRIORS.TORRES SAYS SPONSORS WILL ALSO AWARD A CASH PRIZE TO THE BEST RIB COOKING TEAM AS VOTED BY THOSE ATTENDING.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/RIBS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..ABLE TO JUDGE. :09THERE WILL ALSO BE LIVE MUSIC PROVIDED BY TWO AREA BANDS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/RIBS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……ALSO BE PLAYING. :10BEER TASTING AND A STEIN HOISTING CONTEST WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE.THERE’S NO COVER CHARGE FOR THE EVENT AT THE CASTLE PUB AT 4400 SINGING HILLS BOULEVARD.last_img read more

Punter’s case against Bet365 for £1m unpaid winnings discontinued

first_img Talking Horses: Kempton abandoned after burst water pipe cuts off supply Hide Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Sport betting Since you’re here… The long-running legal case in which Megan McCann, a student from Northern Ireland, was suing the bookmaker Bet365 for £1m in unpaid winnings has been discontinued shortly before it was due to return to court in Belfast, prompting speculation Bet365 has agreed to a settlement over the disputed bets almost three years after they were placed in June 2016. Quick guide Thursday tips Thank you for your feedback. Was this helpful? A Bet365 account in the name of McCann, who was a 19-year-old student at the time, placed a stake of almost £25,000 on 12 horses running in races at Bath, Kempton Park and Naas on 22 June 2016. Bet365 accepted the bets – a combined total of 960 £13 each-way Lucky 15s – which were mostly successful and returned a total payout of £984,833.However, Bet365 refused to pay the winnings, claiming the original stake for the bets had been provided by a third party in contravention of the firm’s terms and conditions. It also refused to refund the £25,000 stake.McCann launched a legal action against Bet365 two years ago and the latest in a series of court dates working towards a full hearing of the case was scheduled for Friday morning. Reuse this content Share on Messengercenter_img Topics news Read more Share on Pinterest However, the listing was removed earlier this week and an administrator at Belfast’s high court confirmed on Wednesday that McCann’s legal team had lodged an official “notice of discontinuance” in the case.While punters who have followed the case will be pleased if it transpires that some or all of the £1m winnings have been paid, the news it will not reach a full hearing could also leave a lingering sense of frustration that significant questions about the robustness of a major bookmaker’s T&Cs will not be tested in court.McCann’s statement of claim alleged Bet365 and other leading online bookmakers habitually engage in “unconscionable practices” when dealing with their customers, and that they actively discriminate against shrewd punters who are able to make their betting pay. Many successful punters find it almost impossible to get their bets accepted and their accounts are either closed or, more usually, restricted to stakes of £1 or less. As a result, some are known to resort to using “clean” accounts opened by family members, friends and acquaintances to place stakes on their behalf.Bet365 did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. Share on Twitter Share via Email Horse racing Show Support The Guardian Nottingham 1.40 Upstate New York 2.10 Ocean Paradise 2.40 Maid In Manhattan 3.15 Royal Residence 3.45 Global Melody 4.20 Cent Flying 4.55 Perfecimperfection 5.25 Dor’s LawNewbury 2.00 Gold Souk 2.30 Qamka 3.00 Terebellum 3.35 Infanta Isabella (nap) 4.10 Urban Highway (nb) 4.40 Admirals Bay 5.15 Jumping JackYarmouth 2.20 Lincoln Red 2.50 Summer Romance 3.25 Junior Rip 3.55 Fields Of Fortune 4.30 Catch My Breath 5.05 Approve The Dream 5.40 Evening Attire … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

Isabelle Kaif to make Bollywood debut with Aayush Sharmas Kwath

first_imgMumbai: Katrina Kaif’s sister Isabelle is set to make her Bollywood debut with “Kwatha”, opposite Aayush Sharma. Aayush, who made his Bollywood debut last year with Salman Khan-produced “LoveYatri”, will be playing an army officer in the film. Isabelle has undergone training for four years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. She made her acting debut with “Dr Cabbie”, a Canadian film, which was co-produced by Salman. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Kwatha”, to be directed by Karan Lalit Butani, has been described as a human adventure based on true events of the Indian Army with a twist. “We are excited to announce Aayush Sharma and Isabelle Kaif as the leads of ‘Kwatha’. Kwatha is a village on the border of India and Mynamar. While it is based on true events, the plot is unconventional, which made actors like Aayush and Isabelle perfect for a film like this,” Bhutani said in a statement. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Producer Aditya Joshi of Cult Entertainment said, “When we first heard ‘Kwatha’, we realised it’s a different film which showcases the heart of the Indian army. Their big contribution has been immense and the story is truly reformative.” Aayush recently underwent intensive preparation for the role, including working on his physique and his look. Both the actors are currently doing multiple reading sessions. “Kwatha”, presented by Purple Bull Entertainment and Cult Entertainment, will be produced by Sunil Jain, Omprakash Bhatt, Aditya Joshi , Alok Arbind Thakur and Sujay Shankarwar.last_img read more

Ford ousts Chrysler as topselling automaker in Canada in June

TORONTO — Ford Canada said Wednesday it was the top selling automaker in Canada last month as it outsold Chrysler Canada by a wide margin in June, despite seeing a nearly 9% drop in sales compared with a year ago.The automaker said Wednesday it sold 30,543 vehicles last month, down from 33,450 a year ago.“Coming off a 23-year sales record last June, Ford of Canada still had a very positive month closing at number one,” Ford Canada president and CEO Dianne Craig said in statement.[np-related]Ford has sold 142,181 vehicles in Canada so far this year, up 1.3% from this time last year, with its F-series pick-up trucks making up almost a third of the month’s sales.Sales at Chrysler Canada crept up 0.5% in June compared with a year ago, helped by strong sales of the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan.The automaker sold 23,705 vehicles last month, up from 23,576 in June of last year.The company has sold 130,286 vehicles so far this year, up 7.1% for the same period last year, when it had sold 121,615.The Dodge Grand Caravan made up about a quarter of the overall sales, a new record for the minivan built in Windsor, Ont., Chrysler said.The Dodge Ram pick-up truck also made up roughly a quarter of the overall sales.Chrysler Canada said the June sales results marked the company’s 31st consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth and represents the longest sales streak in the company’s history.Toyota Canada sold 16,957 vehicles in June, 70.1% more than last June when it was affected by the fallout from the earthquake and tsunami that forced production cuts at the Japanese automakers.The company said it sold 6,978 trucks, marking its best June on record for truck sales.Meanwhile, Kia Canada said it sold 7,782 vehicles last month, 10% more than June of last year, in what the company called its best June ever for sales. Kia Canada has sold 39,298 vehicles this year so far. read more

New Brunswick Crown corporation seeks marijuana retail stores in 15 communities

FREDERICTON — New Brunswickers are getting a glimpse of how legalized marijuana may be sold in the province.Although the provincial government hasn’t yet announced a retail model, NB Liquor has put out a tender call for “cannabis retail” spaces across the province.The tender seeks 3,000-square-foot spaces in 15 communities that include parking and delivery truck space.The retail spaces are to be “substantially completed” by the end of May.The deadline for the bids closes November 10.Ottawa has introduced legislation to legalize recreational weed by July 1, but left distribution and regulation to the provinces.Last month, the province created a new Crown corporation to oversee recreational marijuana sales, and signed deals with two suppliers.Finance Minister Cathy Rogers said the Crown corporation will not directly conduct retail operations.A New Brunswick legislature committee has recommended selling marijuana through government-operated stores to anyone 19 years or older.A Deloitte report last fall suggested recreational marijuana could be worth about $22.6 billion to the Canadian economy. read more

US has informed UN of decision to expel Russian diplomats

“This action may require those members to leave the country,” Deputy UN Spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters at the daily press briefing, citing the UN-US Headquarters Agreement, which governs the relations between the Organization and the Host country. “Given the sensitivity of the matter, which is ongoing, we will not comment further at this stage other than to confirm that the Secretary-General will closely follow this matter and engage as appropriate with the Governments concerned,” he said.News reports suggest that the US Administration on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russians from the US, following similar actions taken by other countries in the wake of the allegation by the United Kingdom that Russia was behind an attack using a deadly nerve-agent in Salisbury on 4 March, which left Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, hospitalized in critical condition.On 14 March, the UK brought the charge before an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council, where US Ambassador Nikki Haley said that the US stood in solidarity with the UK in denouncing the “crime” and believed Russia had been responsible for the attack.At the same meeting, both Russia and the United Kingdom said the incident should be investigated by the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the UN-backed body which works to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and eliminate chemical weapons use, and the threat of their use.The UK Foreign Ministry announced later that independent investigators from the OPCW were due to arrive in the UK on Monday, 19 March to kick off their probe into the nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack. read more

Homecoming 2014 registration now open

Special guest and Brock alumnus Rick Campanelli will be at Brock to celebrate its 50th anniversary at Homecoming weekend, Sept. 18-21.Registration is now open for Homecoming 2014, and this is the year to return, reunite and relive.Join special guest and fellow Brock alumnus Rick Campanelli to celebrate Brock’s 50th anniversary at Homecoming weekend, Sept. 18-21.Many events are scheduled, including a re-dedication of the Schmon Tower, Steel Blade Hockey Classic, followed by pub night with Pat Hewitt, over 15 reunions, and the premier event, the Red Dinner (with food trucks and performer Mark Lalama).“We have planned a weekend of events that will allow our alumni to relive their Brock experience, while reuniting with fellow graduates,” said Christine Richard, 50th anniversary special event coordinator. “We encourage attendees to help us paint the campus red that weekend by wearing Brock colours and memorabilia to all athletic games and featured events. We hope that all alumni and the surrounding community will help us celebrate 50 years of being Niagara’s University.”Keep checking the 50th anniversary website for more information, updates and a full list of events. read more

Amid increasing complaints Dynamic Airways fined 25M by US authority

– one popular case is of a bride who allegedly missed her own wedding because of the delays/cancellationsDynamic International Airways has been fined US$120,000 by the United States Department of Transportation (DoT) in light of increased complaints of its flights being delayed and/or cancelled and its failure to refund affected passengers.Nevertheless, the airline has said it remains committed to staying in the market.Captain Gerry Gouveia, Dynamic’s Guyana representative, is quoted in today’s  Guyana Times  as saying that the company will honour its obligations to the US Authority and will continue to improve its service with the aim of avoiding a recurrence of this situation. He emphasised that penalties enforced by DoT will not deter Dynamic Airways from continuing its operations.Guyana’s regulatory arm, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), had earlier this year engaged the airline about its frequent flight delays and cancellations in light of back-to-back instances occurring during September, October and November 2016, when hundreds of passengers, including Guyanese, were left stranded for hours at the airports; and in one of the most popular cases, a bride allegedly missed her own wedding because of the delays/cancellations.FLASHBACK: Stranded Dynamic Airways passengers at JFK AirportDynamic has provided several explanations for these problems, and has constantly assured of delivering better services to its customers.According to Captain Gouveia, Dynamic is now operating five flights weekly between New York and Guyana, with a 90 per cent on time departure rate.  “Between January 2017 and April 2017, we operated approximately 64 direct flights between New York and Guyana, moving approximately 9000 passengers out of Guyana. Our ticket cost remains below US$600 for a return ticket to New York,” he stated.PENALTIESDoT, in an order served on Dynamic on April 13, 2017, warned the airline that further enforcement action would be taken if these problems persist. DoT said a probe was triggered after its Aviation Consumer Protection Division received a “significant increase” in the number of complaints against the carrier.The regulatory agency observed that Dynamic had failed to provide refunds in a timely manner, as required, to passengers affected by cancelled flights, and failed to provide written notice to passengers after cancellations more than ten days out of their return flights.Reports are that Dynamic will be required to pay half of the hefty fine in six installments, the first of which is to be paid within 30 days of the issuance of the order, and the remaining five to be paid in tranches of US$10,000 every 30 days. The remaining US$60,000 will have to be paid if Dynamic violates the cease-and-desist order within one year from now, or fails to comply with the payment provisions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFollowing $24M fine, Dynamic suffers another delayApril 18, 2017In “Business”Dynamic flight cancellations: Disgruntled passengers can claim from $40M carrier bondJanuary 5, 2017In “Business”Dynamic Airways will be back in the air for Christmas SeasonOctober 7, 2014In “Business” read more

Oneyearold drowns in Mocha trench Police questioning mother

A mother of three is now being questioned by Police after the body of her one-year-old baby girl was fished out of a trench at Mocha, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Wednesday afternoon.Dead is Amiah Eastman of Barnwell North, Mocha, East Bank Demerara (EBD).According to reports received, the child’s mother, Shadica Dublin,23, a domestic worker, exited her home to clean the walls of another house which is located in the same yard.Amiah, and her siblings, ages 3 and 4 were left playing together in their wooden shack which is located just a short distance away from the house their mother was cleaning.This publication understands that Dublin left what she was doing and proceeded to check on her children when she noticed Amiah was missing.After futile searches were made, the mother made a report at the Mocha Police Outpost.A search launched by officers found the baby’s body floating in a trench in the same yard.The child was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where she was pronounced dead on arrival.Dublin was taken into Police custody.The other children are said to now be in the care of their father, 24-year-old Randy Eastman. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMissing woman’s body found floating in Mocha trenchJuly 6, 2017In “Crime”BETTER HOPE MURDERS: Mocha resident who allegedly provided guns arrestedJuly 12, 2019In “Crime”PI continues into Babita Sarjou’s murderFebruary 22, 2017In “Court” read more

Mining annual cost savings estimator helps justify technology investment in automation

first_imgAn estimator from Autonomous Solutions Inc. (ASI) helps mining operators justify investment in autonomous mining technologies. How much sellable material are we extracting? How much ore is available to mine? What is the up-time of our equipment? How much material can one of our haul trucks carry? How many employees do we have? Mines need to attach a number to these and hundreds of other questions to help them determine if they are successful and if their current course will lead to more success.Many of these questions are well-defined, but others are littered with variables. Technology acquisition is one of these difficult questions. Will this technology increase the revenue, safety, or efficiency of our operation? If so, by how much? Without taking on a huge risk to implement the technology, there are no clear answers.In 2010, the management and technology consulting company, Accenture, undertook a research study directed at the emerging technology, mining vehicle automation. The report titled Using Autonomous Equipment to Achieve High Performance in the Mining Industry discusses Accenture’s research into mining automation and attempts to attach a number to the technology. The study shows that mining automation has an impressive potential to improve productivity, safety, and labour costs.“Autonomous equipment should operate more predictably,” states the Accenture report. “With less direct operator control over [equipment], inherent operator-induced variations in speed, load and travel as well as downtime, should be dramatically reduced.” Accenture focuses on several significant productivity-related costs that mining automation could improve, including: vehicle maintenance, energy/fuel consumption, accidents, and vehicle utilization. Precise and predictable autonomous technology targets each of these areas to increase overall productivity of mine operations.Aside from the number of mining-related injuries, attaching a number to the effect of mining automation technology on safety is challenging. “The use of autonomous equipment is expected to reduce safety-related events simply through the elimination or significant reduction in operator presence on equipment,” Accenture reports. “Common challenges such as operator fatigue or judgment errors that lead to accidents could cease to occur.” Reductions in safety violations through autonomous mining could save the mining industry millions of dollars in workman’s compensation claims, insurance premiums, equipment repair, and downtime, not to mention the irreplaceable loss of individual employees to injury or death.One of the most difficult challenges faced by the mining industry is the rising cost of labour. This cost is driven by pressure for higher wages and an overall shortage of skilled labour. In addition, remote mining sites require significant infrastructure to support employees working onsite. “The rising cost of labor has improved the value proposition for autonomous equipment,” says Accenture. “If equipment fleets could become autonomous, it would substantially reduce the direct labour force and support staff.”The mining annual cost savings estimator developed by Autonomous Solutions, is based on ratios identified by Accenture as well as more than ten years of mining automation experience. The equation targets several key areas that affect mine revenue—productivity, maintenance and support costs, equipment investments, and labor. As mine operators enter real, site-specific numbers, the calculator attaches a dollar amount to the value of vehicle automation.last_img read more

Scientists Outline How to Protect 13 of Worlds Oceans by 2030

first_img Scientists have worked out how to protect more than a third of the world’s oceans by 2030.In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers mapped the global oceans, which cover almost half our planet, envisioning what a world-wide network of ocean sanctuaries could look like.Their aim is to safeguard wildlife and mitigate impacts of climate change, particularly in the vast waters outside national borders.A team of analysts from the University of York, University of Oxford, and Greenpeace showed that 30 to 50 percent of the global oceans could be saved by employing a network of marine reserves across the high seas—free from harmful human activity.“Extraordinary losses of seabirds, turtles, sharks, and marine mammals reveal a broken governance system that governments at the United Nations must urgently fix,” Callum Roberts, a marine conservation biologist at the University of York, said in a statement.“This report shows how protected areas could be rolled out across international waters to create a net of protection that will help save species from extinction and help them survive in our fast-changing world,” he added.Only 5 percent of the world’s oceans are currently protected in sanctuaries. And a vast majority of those are limited to national waters, mostly around Greenland and Antarctica.Scientists warn that our seas are at risk from fishing, deep seabed mining, global warming, and other pollution. Large-scale protection (50 percent) would increase the resilience of aquatic ecosystems in the face of climate change and acidification.See for yourself in this interactive map.“Over the next 18 months, governments around the world have an unique opportunity to establish a global framework for protecting the oceans,” according to Greenpeace UK campaigner Louisa Casson.Britain’s Environment Secretary Michael Gove agrees, joining Greenpeace “in calling for the UK and other countries to work together toward a UN High Seas Treaty.”“The UK is already on course to protect over half of its waters,” he boasted.More on Geek.com:NASA Scientists Reproduce Origins of Life on Ocean FloorClimate Change Will Affect the Color of Oceans, Study SaysThese Ocean Robots Spent a Year Collecting Data Under Antarctic Ice Stay on target Male Dolphin Dies After Being Impaled in Head Off Florida CoastNASA Satellites Spot Largest Seaweed Bloom in the World last_img read more

Fresh Start for Offenders law praised by CJ

first_img Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 16, 2017 – Minor offenses committed in the Turks and Caicos can legally be erased from a police record, to give small time offenders, a fresh start which could mean the difference between getting a job and being unemployed.  During the official opening of the 2017 Legal Year, Chief Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale praised legislative drafters at the Attorney General’s Chambers for the  74 pieces of legislation produced.  The Chief Justice in her presentation to the guests of the court and the members of the TCI bar council identified several ordinances which she believes will prove most impacting to life in the TCI.  The Prevention of Terrorism, Financial intelligence Agency and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Ordinance 2014 were highlighted.  Hon Ramsey-Hale said about the Rehabilitation law that, “This is to ensure that people do not have lifelong blots on their records because of relatively minor offences in their past, which may impact negatively in such persons acquiring employment or other services. The intention of the Ordinance is to exclude any prejudice which may occur because of disclosures of person’s relatively minor past convictions or offences; and to aid the reintegration and resettlement of ex-offenders into employment by not requiring them or any other person to disclose or answer questions regarding their spent convictions.”   Key to this happening for any ex offender is the time passed since the conviction.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youcenter_img Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia #MagneticNewsMedia Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Forcelast_img read more

Indian High Commission in UK sets up response unit for diaspora

first_imgLONDON: A ten-member Public Response Unit has been set up in the Indian High Commission here to provide instant service to the diaspora. Speaking as a chief guest at the 72nd Independence Day celebrations at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan here on Wednesday, India’s High Commissioner to the UK Ruchi Ghanashyam said the Public Response Unit has been set up to resolve the problems of people, “if possible on phone itself.” Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us “Your High Commission is a phone call away. We want to take the service to the doorstep of people in the UK,” she said. Ghanashyam also paid tribthe ute to former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who passed away on Tuesday after suffering a cardiac arrest. She described her as a person who gave “new orientation to the external affairs ministry.” Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “As external affairs minister, she gave us lead to give better services to the people – whether they are living in India or abroad,” the Indian envoy said. She said that Swaraj was one of the tallest leaders of India in the recent past and, “we celebrate the contributions she made through her dedication.” The participants at the event also observed a minute’s silence in the memory of Swaraj. Advertise With Us Shanta Ruparel, Joint Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, said “India is recognized as one of the most respected countries in the world. Ever since Narendra Modi took over as the prime minister, India has secured a special place in the world. “Lord Suri, leading Indian-origin member of the House of Lords, said, “Prime Minister Modi is doing a great job, making India strong, stable and providing good governance.” He also lauded the success of Indian scientists in successfully launching Chandrayaan-2. The Indian diaspora in UK is one of the largest ethnic minority communities in the country, with the 2011 census recording approximately 1.5 million people of Indian origin in the UK equating to almost 1.8 per cent of the population and contributing 6 per cent of the country’s GDP.last_img read more

US China clash over BRI in Afghan resolution

first_imgA map illustrating China`s silk road economic belt and the 21st century maritime silk road, or the so-called `One Belt, One Road` megaproject, is displayed at the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong, China, on 18 January 2016. — Photo: ReutersThe United States and China clashed Friday over Beijing’s $1 trillion “belt and road” global infrastructure program after the Security Council unanimously approved a bare bones resolution extending the mandate of the UN political mission in Afghanistan for six months.Last year’s resolution extending the mission’s mandate for a year welcomed and urged further efforts to strengthen regional economic cooperation involving Afghanistan, including through the massive “belt and road” initiative to link China to Europe, Africa and other parts of Asia. The 2016 and 2017 council resolutions had similar language.Council diplomats said China wanted the “belt and road” language included in this year’s resolution – but the United States objected.US deputy ambassador Jonathan Cohen told the council after the vote that “China held the resolution hostage and insisted on making it about Chinese national political priorities rather than the people of Afghanistan.”He said the Trump administration opposed China’s demand “that the resolution highlight its belt and road initiative, despite its tenuous ties to Afghanistan and known problems with corruption, debt distress, environmental damage, and lack of transparency.”China’s deputy ambassador Wu Haitao countered that Cohen’s remarks were “at variance with the facts and are fraught with prejudice.” He also said one council member – almost certainly referring to the U.S. – “poisoned the atmosphere” which led to the council’s failure to adopt a substantive resolution.Wu noted that since the “belt and road” initiative was launched six years ago, 123 countries and 29 international organizations have signed agreements of cooperation with China on joint development programs.”The ‘belt and road’ initiative is conducive to Afghanistan’s reconstruction and economic development,” Wu said. “Under this framework, China and Afghanistan will continue to strengthen cooperation in various fields, promote economic and social development in the country and the integration of Afghanistan into regional development.”He stressed that the program “has nothing to do with geopolitics.”Germany’s UN Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, who drafted the resolution with Indonesia’s UN Ambassador Dian Djani, expressed regret that “issues that have nothing to do” with the work of the UN peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan made it impossible to adopt a substantive resolution.”We very much regret that such topics as the upcoming elections (in Afghanistan), the participation of women in the Afghan peace process, the situation of children in armed conflict, the nexus between climate change and security, are no longer reflected in this resolution,” Heusgen said.The resolution does extend UNAMA’s mission until Sept. 17, 2019 and stresses “the central importance of a comprehensive and inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political process towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict and a comprehensive political settlement.” And it welcomes “progress in this regard.”But Heusgen said the text isn’t satisfactory to any of the 15 council members.He expressed hope that in the next six months the UN’s most powerful body would be able to overcome its differences and adopt a resolution that also reflects on the peace process and the upcoming elections.last_img

Kasba murder case Two arrested including minor

first_imgKolkata: In less than 24 hours, the police cracked the murder mystery of a 52-year-old woman and arrested two persons including a minor.Shambhu Koyal, who used to work as a help of the woman, was apprehended first and then another minor who assisted him in the actwas also picked up in connection with the murder the woman, whose body was recovered from an apartment at Tagore Park in Kasba on Saturday late afternoon.The sleuths had detained Shambhu since Saturday night after his tower location was found to be in and around the apartment of the victim, during the afternoon, which was the probable time when the murder was committed. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We have arrested one Sambhu Koyal and another minor for the murder of the lady Shila Chowdhury. As per his statement, the woman had taken Rs 27,000 from him but was refusing to return it. This prompted him to kill the lady,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Praveen Kumar Tripathi.”Prima facie it seems to be a murder for personal gain as some expensive articles have gone missing. The woman’s head was banged against a wall and then she was smothered with a pillow to ensure death,” a senior police officer said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSleuths informed that Shambhu had given the amount to the lady as a loan without the knowledge of his family.He had taken the money from a person and had given it to the woman.This person was pressuring Koyal to return his money but he failed as the woman was dilly dallying.The victim who was a high ranked officer of National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organisation (based in Salt Lake) led a lavish life.Shambhu had initially claimed before the police that he had come to the victim’s house at around 12 noon and then had gone to buy some vegetables for her under her instructions. He returned within an hour and left after he was told by the victim to come again later in the afternoon.However, his cell phone tower location revealed that he was in and around the scene of the crime thorough out.The fact was confirmed after the sleuths questioned Koyal’s mother, who earlier used to work as a domestic help at Chowdhury’s apartment.The minor, who assisted him in the crime, was the son of a maid servant who had left work a month ago.The victim used to live alone on the second floor o fthe apartment. Her husband died three years back and his son Sayom Chowdhury is settled in US.last_img read more

WATCH Nevada comes back from 14 down in the final minute to

first_imgNevada trailed by as much as many as 25 points in the second half of Saturday’s Mountain West college hoops contest against New Mexico. They were down 14 with just over a minute to go.What followed is one of the the best late-game comebacks in recent college basketball history.Nevada’s Jordan Caroline finished with a game-high 45 points, and led the comeback with a flurry of threes, including the game-tying bucket to send it to overtime, and the game winner, down 2 with two seconds left in OT.The Wolfpack capped of the comeback in the extra period to get the improbable 105-104 win. Nevada is now 14-3 on the year. Advertisement Caroline’s performance is reminiscent of Reggie Miller’s performance against the Knicks in the 1995 NBA Eastern Conference Finals.Here’s a video of the entire comeback. It may induce severe flashbacks if your name is Spike Lee:Nevada Wolf Pack sets NCAA record for largest deficit overcome with less than 5 minutes on clock. Here is how: pic.twitter.com/P41F7d7CZo— Nevada Basketball (@NevadaHoops) January 9, 2017last_img read more